Seagrass-associated biodiversity (fish abundance and richness) across five countries in the Central Indo-Pacific in 2022-2023


Surveys of seagrass associated fisheries were conducted as part of a large-scale seagrass ecosystem services assessment conducted across five countries: Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines and Timor-Leste under the International Climate Initiative (IKI): Seagrass Ecosystem Services Project ( To survey seagrass-associated biodiversity, data collectors used Baited Remote Underwater Video systems (BRUVS) and footage was analysed by an observer, trained in fish identification, for relative abundance (MaxN) and species richness between July 2022 – June 2023. A total of 325 hours were collected from seagrass meadows across the Indo-Pacific, with depth ranges of 0.5 – 8.4 metres. Data points were selected by local NGO's and/or community members, and placed a minimum of 50m apart.

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Creator Bartlett, Alex; Aissa, Patricio; Amaral, Nelson; Arendege, Joandi; Buadoktoom, Korawan; Caabay, Jessa; Cabanezas, Roverose; Choongan, Armramita; Coals, Lucy; Cullen-Unsworth, Leanne; Dandoro, Abie; Daquioag, Maricar; Digdo, Akbar; Espiritu, Jackie; Garay, Helbert; Gomes, Jemima; Guterres, Fidel; Jumbo, Patjwat; Juthamat, Chisanupong; Kon, Chanyanuch; Lay, Cecilia; Lewis, Ryan; Lopez, Mary Rose; Martinz, Dedy; Nair, Dhivya; Oriente, Maria Sheila; Padilla, John Rey; Palahan, Rujinun; Pareja, Shalom; Ponnampalam, Louisa; Porntep, Wirachwong; Putriraya, Ami; Ramilo, Rey; Sagai, Bonnke; Satriani, Satriani; Septiani, Citra; Silva de Jesus, Janicia; Siregar, Fuja; Soares, Osaias; Soniega-Ursais, Muammar; Unsworth, Richard ORCID logo; Verdial, Natercia; Jones, Benjamin L ORCID logo
Publisher PANGAEA
Publication Year 2024
Funding Reference Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection Crossref Funder ID 18_IV_094_Asia_M_Seagrass Ecosystems International Climate Initiative (IKI): Seagrass Ecosystem Services Project
Rights Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International;
OpenAccess true
Resource Type Dataset
Format text/tab-separated-values
Size 112197 data points
Discipline Earth System Research
Spatial Coverage (99.301W, -8.534S, 125.713E, 12.292N); Indonesia; Malaysia; Philippines; Thailand; Timor-Leste
Temporal Coverage Begin 2022-07-23T00:00:00Z
Temporal Coverage End 2023-06-26T00:00:00Z