About Us

Indonesia has one of the highest biodiversity of Elasmobranchs in the world. Members of the Elasmobranchs, the shark, ray, skate, and chimaera, are cartilaginous fishes. Out of more than 1250 species of Elasmobranchs in the world, 118 species of sharks, 101 species of rays and skates, and 6 species of chimaeras can be found in the water of Indonesia.

Despite having all these species documented and recorded in identification guides/books, assessment for species-specific data is still a difficult thing to achieve in Indonesia.

This problem occurs due to the wide-ranging archipelago area needed to be covered, complex chain of shark and ray market and supply, and the lack of real-time up to date information of the Elasmobranchs occurrence and landing in cities and remote areas in Indonesia.

Elasmobranch Project Indonesia (EPI) is a website-based citizen science project under Yayasan Hiu Pari Lestari

EPI uses the concept of Citizen Science to map the diversity of Elasmobranch species in Indonesia, including shark, ray, skate, and chimaera​

Citizen science is the practice of public participation and collaboration in a scientific research. 

Our Objectives

  1. Contribute to Elasmobranch conservation through research, citizen science, and campaign.
  2. Map the distribution and biodiversity of Elasmobranchs in Indonesia.
  3. Provide real-time up to date information of Elasmobranchs sighting and landing in Indonesia by utilizing a user-friendly citizen science method and network.
  4. Increase the involvement and awareness of wide-ranging age and job-based group of people in Elasmobranch conservation in Indonesia.

We coordinate and work closely with experts, scientists, students, and most importantly the people of Indonesia to further maximize the success rate of this project.

We hope to provide important information about Elasmobranch diversity in Indonesia and raise the awareness needed for the conservation of shark, ray, skate, and chimaera in Indonesia. Our data will be able to contribute to distribution information at the national and international levels (IUCN).

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can participate in EPI?

Everyone who has interest in supporting shark, ray, skate and chimaera conservation in Indonesia can partake to contribute for EPI, such as student, lecturer, researcher, organization, government body, even fishermen and fish seller can and are welcome to participate.

How to Contribute?

It’s easy. You will only need to submit your encounter photograph and data, landing or sighting, directly from our website. Go to our Report Page.

How can I learn to identify Elasmobranch species?

EPI recommends some identification guides and books available to download for free on our ElasmoID Page.

more FAQs

You only need to have a camera and a note to write down information. The camera can be a digital or mobile phone camera as long as you deemed it enough to produce good photograph. Information can be written down on paper or go paperless and just type it in your mobile phone! Lastly, you need to have the confidence and curiosity to ask around for more detailed information!

Check our Guideline Page for detailed information.

The photograph and some of your data will be displayed in our Map Page.

Your photograph and data will provide up to date information for EPI and other parties who could use it to support Elasmobranch conservation in Indonesia!

If your data is deemed acceptable by EPI, a unique ID code will be given to you via email.

Check our Guideline Page.

Anyone deemed by EPI could use it to support Elasmobranch conservation in Indonesia!

Of course, you can! You just need to send us an email regarding the type of data you need, then we can discuss further through the mail. However, some Terms and Agreements for the usage of the data need to be agreed upon first. 



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Do you have more questions?

Send your questions over to epi@elasmobranch.id