African Journal of Fisheries Science

African Journal of Fisheries Science ISSN 2375-0715 Vol. 8 (3), pp. 001-006, March, 2020. © International Scholars Journals

Full Length Research Paper

Site selection for grouper mariculture in Indonesia

W. Brian Szuster1* and Hatim Albasri2

1Department of Geography, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Saunders 445, 2424 Maile Way Honolulu,

Hawai‘i, USA 96821.

2Research Center for Indonesian Aquaculture, Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Jakarta, Indonesia.

Accepted 08 October, 2019

Abstract

This research assesses a site selection approach for net-cage grouper mariculture off Kaledupa Island in Indonesia. Data collection focused on 15 biophysical site capability parameters, plus an additional 7 site suitability parameters assessed through interviews with villagers and local experts. Site capability analysis identified 4,511 ha capable of sustaining grouper mariculture within the 8,582 ha study area. Suitability analysis identified 2,667 suitable ha based on villager opinions and 4,083 suitable ha based on local expert opinions. Reliance on villager opinions and resolution of fragmentation issues reduced the final area deemed suitable to 2,423 ha.

Key words: Grouper, siting, mariculture, Kaledupa Island.