Organizers: Chong Dee Hwa1 & Lo Ka Fai2

Affiliations: 1/ Ichthyological Society of Hong Kong; 2/ The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Email: president@hkis.hk; 1003723181@link.cuhk.edu.hk

Lead contact: Chong Dee Hwa

Description: The Central Indo-Pacific, with South China Sea at its center, is a transitional zone between Pacific and Indian Ocean. A wide range of marine, brackish and freshwater fishes are flourished in various ecosystems, i.e. coral reefs around off-shore islands, coastal waters within continental shelf, estuaries and mangroves along shores, etc. No wonder it is a paradise for ichthyologists, prominently from Asian and Anglo-American ancestry, since the ancient times. The Central Indo-Pacific possesses most representative taxonomical groups of marine fishes on family level than in any oceans. And thus, the area has a unique role in global fisheries because it is the largest export and import source of marine fishes. Fishing communities around the Central Indo-Pacific capture all sort of fishes by modern and primitive technique. The session welcome researches using multi-disciplinary approach such as natural history and ethnoichthyology to address the diverse ichthyological tradition and fisheries culture of Central Indo-Pacific.

Expected Audience: The session will draw attention from people of various professional backgrounds that include ichthyologists, marine ecologists, environmental & natural historians, fish merchants, fisheries officials, as well as fishermen themselves. This session will not only attract audiences coming from South East Asian and East Asian countries or regions whose population either study, capture or consume marine lives in the South China Sea, but also Pacific Islanders because coral reef fish fisheries in tropical reefs are tremendously under the cultural and technological impact of Chinese fishing communities.