* ICLARM is now known as WorldFish Center

Naga - The *ICLARM Quarterly
Vol. 22, No. 1 (January - March 1999)

Checklist of the Shore Fishes of the Mentawai Islands,  Nias Island and the Padang Region of West Sumatra
A. Kunzmann, J.E. Randall and I. Suprihanto

This paper presents a checklist of reef fishes of West Sumatra and adjacent provinces. The list includes 362 species of 143 genera and 46 families and contains seven new records and nine probable new species for Indonesia. It also uses information from sources only available in Bahasa Indonesia. The relative paucity of the fish fauna in West Sumatra seems to be related to the habitat destruction caused by illegal fishing with explosives or poisons such as cyanide.

A. Kunzmann is from the Institute of Polar Ecology, Wischofstr, 1-3, g12, 24148, Kiel Germany; J.E. Randall is from the Bishop Museum, 1525 Bernice St., Honolulu, Hawaii 96817, USA, and I. Suprihanto is from Simpul I, JI. Sumatera Ulak Karang, Padang 25114, Indonesia.

Seaweed Industry in India
P. Kaladharan and N. Kaliaperumal

The seaweed industry in India is mainly a cottage industry and is based only on the natural stock of agar yielding red seaweeds, such as Gelidiella acerosa and Gracilaria edulis, and algin yielding brown seaweed species such as Sargassum and Turbinaria. India produces 110-132 t of dry agar annually utilizing about 880-1 100 t of dry agarophytes, and 360-540 t of algin from 3 600-5 400 t of dry alginophytes.

P. Kaladharan and N. Kaliaperumal are from the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Kochi-682 014, India.

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