Assessment of the trade of live reef fish in South East Asia

The live food reef fish industry in Southeast Asia is complex involving several tiers of trade, the characteristics of which vary from region to region and have changed over time. The purpose of this project was to identify appropriate management interventions, at various points in the trade to ensure the sustainability of the fishery. This project examined the trends, patterns and diversity of the live food reef fish industry in Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore.

This project was funded by TRAFFIC Oceania. The TRAFFIC Network is an international organisation that acts as the wildlife trade-monitoring program of The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and The World Conservation Union (IUCN). TRAFFIC’s purpose is to help ensure that wildlife trade is at sustainable levels and in accordance with domestic and international laws and agreements. For more information on the TRAFFIC Network visit their Web site at