The bumblebee fish, locally known as the gendang gendis fish, is small (around 2.5-4 cm) and used to be commonly found in the ditches of Pontianak but has become increasingly challenging to locate in recent years. This fish is becoming difficult to find in urban areas and is experiencing habitat reduction, likely caused by pollution and environmental degradation in urban areas. Despite the challenges in Pontianak, this fish remains in certain areas in Mempawah, such as the Mempawah River and ditches in the mangrove forest. If this fish disappears from the waters, it will disturb the balance of the ecosystem and biodiversity, ultimately threatening climate change mitigation efforts. Therefore, conducting a study regarding efforts to domesticate gendang gendis fish to maintain biodiversity in West Kalimantan, Indonesia is necessary.

Sri Warastuti is a PhD scholar at the Doctoral of Agricultural Science Study Program, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia. She is also a lecturer at the Aquaculture Study Program at Politeknik Negeri Pontianak. Sri Warastuti completed her master’s degree at the Magister of Chemical Engineering (Environmental Pollution Control Engineering), Universitas Gadjah Mada, in 2013. Her research areas of interest are aquaculture environment, aquatic pollution and fish domestication.

Sri Warastuti, PhD scholar at the Department of Politics and Government, Universitas Gadjah Mada