Credit: Anna Jamil (Indonesia) Description: Abdel Rahman El Gamal and Anna Jamil
This photo shows the display of black pomfret, Parastromateus niger in a fish market in Indonesia. Black pomfret (Bawal hitamis in Indonesia) is found and caught in the near shore shallow waters in Indo-West Pacific region from East Africa to southern Japan and Australia and most abundant on the west coast of India and Indonesia. The populations of black pomfret form large schools at depth ranges 20-100 meters in coastal areas with muddy substrate. Black pomfret which come from marine fisheries are primarily caught with seines, gillnets and trawls. Additional types of fishing gear include traps and bag nets. Indonesia is the top producer of black pomfret followed by Thailand and Malaysia.
Black pomfret which is often marketed as pompano is marketed fresh, dried or salted and sometime frozen. This species has a light texture and sweet, rich flavor. Because of the high fat content of black pomfret, butterfish is an alternative name.
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