PacFishID is an application for the general public to learn to recognise fishes of commercial interest of the Pacific region.

Learn to recognise fishes and invertebrates from Pacific Island countries and territories with this application, developed and maintained by the Coastal Fisheries and Aquaculture Programme of the Pacific Community

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The application is available for Android devices on Google Play and for Apple devices on App Store


At the moment two datasets are available :

Common coastal food fishes of the Pacific Islands region

This dataset contains approximately 320 of the most commonly targeted coastal sharks, rays and bony fishes in the Pacific Islands region. It is based on the Identification guide to the common coastal food fishes of the Pacific Islands region (Brad Moore and Boris Colas) produced by the Pacific Community (SPC) to assist fisheries officers with the identification of the common coastal food fishes encountered in catches or during market surveys.

The photographic content of this dataset has largely been provided by John E. (Jack) Randall, to whom we are greatly indebted. We would also like to acknowledge the assistance of Alastair Graham from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) who kindly provided images from the CSIRO Australian National Fish Collection, as well as all the other photographers.

Fish species identification manual for deep-bottom snapper fishermen

This dataset contains 134 of the fish and shark species most commonly caught by deep-bottom snapper fishers in the Pacific Islands region - 72 of which also belong to the ‘Common coastal food fishes of the Pacific Islands region’ dataset. It is based on the Fish species identification manual for deep-bottom snapper fishermen (Lindsay Chapman et al.) produced by SPC to improve and increase the amount and accuracy of catch data provided by fishers when they complete their catch and effort logsheets. The correct identification of species is essential for the proper management of fisheries.

The illustrations used for specifies only present in this dataset are original water paintings by Les Hata and Rachel O’Shea.


The application has been produced with financial assistance from the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the European Union through the 'Scientific Support for the Management of Coastal and Oceanic Fisheries in the Pacific Islands Region' ('SciCOFish') project.