- The *ICLARM Quarterly
22, No. 1 (January - March 1999)
of the Shore Fishes of the Mentawai Islands,
Nias Island and the Padang Region of West Sumatra
Kunzmann, J.E. Randall and I. Suprihanto
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.
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
Industry in India
Kaladharan and N. Kaliaperumal
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.
Kaladharan and N. Kaliaperumal are from the Central
Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Kochi-682