Problems and Prospects of Marine Ornamental Fish Trade in Kerala, India

Sirajudheen, T K and Shyam, S Salim and Biju Kumar, A and Antony, Bindu (2014) Problems and Prospects of Marine Ornamental Fish Trade in Kerala, India. Journalof Fisheries Economics and Development, 15 (1). pp. 14-30.


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    The scientific advancements in fish husbandry and aquarium technology coupled with its potential in earning foreign exchange have facilitated the growth of marine aquarium fishery sector across the globe. Nearly 2 million people worldwide are engaged in marine aquarium keeping, either for recreation or as a means of livelihood. However, with richmrnamental fish reserves especially in the south-east and south-west coastal areas, India's share is insignificant to the global export in ornamental fishery sector. In Kerala, there are very few studies reported on the marine ornamental fish trade and hence this study throws light on the status of ornamental fishery trade in Kerala, including availability of resources, demand for this sector, problems and constraints in keeping marine aquarium and suggestions for improving this sector. The present study was conducted in three districts of Kerala viz. Kozhikode, Emakulum and Thiruvananthapuram and two different sets of interview schedules were employed to draw information on the status of ornamental fishing industry in Kerala and were administered among 60 traders and 90 hobbyists. Results show that the scope and demand for marine aquarium trade in Kerala is very high. Furthermore, the study portrays the demand for sustainable approach in promoting marine ornamental fishery sector in order to provide livelihood options to the fisher folk and to earn foreign exchange for the State.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Ornamental fish; aquarium fish trade; Kerala
    Subjects: Aquaculture > Ornamental Fishes
    Divisions: CMFRI-Kochi > Fishery Extension
    Subject Area > CMFRI > CMFRI-Kochi > Fishery Extension
    CMFRI-Kochi > Fishery Extension
    Subject Area > CMFRI-Kochi > Fishery Extension
    Depositing User: Arun Surendran
    Date Deposited: 27 Aug 2014 08:31
    Last Modified: 09 Sep 2015 15:59

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