The marine fishing industry in Sabah has produced fish not only enough for self-consumption but also has supplus for export. The industry employs some 8.500 fishing boats and 20,000 fishermen.
To date, there are more than 600 species of edible marine fishes found in Sabah's fish markets of which 376 species (excluding sharks and rays) are listed in this book. A total of l90 species is described in detail, in most cases with accompanying colour photographs.
Methods of fishing, fishing grounds, fishing seasons and estimated annual catches are given. Common names for the fishes in Malay and other local dialects, Chinese (in Cantonese dialects) and English are included. Information on local fishing gears, fishing boats and fish markets are also provided.
CHIN PHUI KONG, formerly Director of Fisheries, Sabah, was born in Sandakan, British North Borneo (now the State of Sabah, Malaysia) in 1923. He received his primary and secondary education in Sandakan, and later went to China where he attended and was graduated with a B.Sc. degree in Marine Biology from the University of Amoy (now Xiamen University). In 1949 he joined the Sabah Fisheries Department, and served in the Department until his retirement in 1978.
In 1960, he was awarded a research grant from the United States National Science Foundation to study the freshwater fishes from North Borneo at the Chicago Natural History Museum (now Field Museum of Natural History). At the Museum he worked with Dr Robert F. Inger, and later co-authored with him the authoritative account Freshwater Fishes of North Borneo. The monograph was first published in 1962 and subsequently reprinted with minor revision in 1990 by the Sabah Zoological Society.
The author is a well-known marine biologist in Malaysia and has published many scientific papers on various discipline of biological sciences, especially on fishes and fisheries. He is now an Aquaculture Consultant, stationed in Kota Kinabalu (P.O. Box 11024, 88811 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah Malaysia).