How it’s done
Yes and no. For beginners without any prior interest in reef fishes, many species can look very similar and be difficult to tell apart. The majority of reef fish species encountered in this project so far have physical features that enable us to accurately identify them underwater by just looking at them, without having to collect samples. Like any skill, it definitely takes practice and dedication to expand your knowledge and increase accuracy!
Apart from physical features, other observations can also help, such as the fish’s habitat or behaviour. If you are interested to start learning about the visual identification of reef fishes, start with our page What to Look Out For!
First of all, thank you for your support! By taking the time to learn about Hong Kong’s reef fish and marine ecology, you are helping us in the best way possible. You can also help us to spread our message by sharing this web-portal with your friends. If you would like us to come to your workplace, school or event to talk about the project or marine conservation, we would love to arrange that too. Remember that apart from collecting scientific data, we are also trying to spread knowledge among Hong Kong’s general public about the rich marine resources we have – and your contributions here will be greatly appreciated! If you have any skills that you think can contribute to our online platform, spreading the word through different channels, ideas on scaling-up the impact, you are very welcome to get in touch with us with your ideas. You can also support the project directly by making a donation so that we can complete more surveys each year and continue our work for longer into the future.
At the moment, we do not arrange any fish identification training workshops that are open to the general public. If you would like to see us offer these, please let us know!
This project was designed to collect data that will be usable for at least, scientific research, academic study and conservation purposes. In the past years, the data has been used in collaborations with WWF-Hong Kong (to generate the Marine Ecological Hotspot Map 1), Hong Kong BioBlitz 2016 and 2017 2, and the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department of the Government of the Hong Kong SAR (to generate the “Underwater World in Marine Parks of Hong Kong 3” posters and the “Field Guide to Common Reef Fishes of Hong Kong”). Data for species of groupers also contributed to species assessments completed by the IUCN Grouper and Wrasse Specialist Group. Furthermore, findings of new species to Hong Kong published records were published in a peer reviewed journal 4, expanding the list of reef fish records for Hong Kong.If the necessity arises, the survey data can also potentially be usable in the Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) of coastal developments. In the future, local species assessments may also make use of 114˚E Survey’s data for reef fish species. Such assessments are a target activity for Hong Kong’s Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (BSAP) 5.
Distribution data is not released on this website so as not to encourage targeted fishing of certain species. If you are looking to use the distribution data for conservation, research or related purposes, please contact us directly.
Many local and global resources were visited during the compilation of information that now appears on this web-portal. For a full list of references used, please visit the References page. If you are looking for more information about Hong Kong’s marine ecology, please visit our Marine Resources page.