Hooks and line fishery in North Kerala with particular reference to catfish resources

Menon, N G and Bande, V N and Balachandran, K (1989) Hooks and line fishery in North Kerala with particular reference to catfish resources. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India, 31 (1&2). pp. 205-217.


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The paper deals with the hooks and line fishery along North Kerala during 1979-1985. Marine cat-fishes were traditionally harvested from this area by non-mechanised gears, such as hooks and line, drift net and boat-seines till early sixties. The operations by hooks and line yielded a steady catch. The catfishes alone contributed about 90% in the hooks and line landings. The dominant species in the landings were Tachysurus tenuispinis, T. dussumieri and T. thalassinus from the depth ranges of 40-70 m and T. serratus from 10-30 m. T. tenuispinis is vulnerable to the gear at the age of 3 years and above and T. dussumieri, T. thalassinus and T. serratus at the ages 4, 2 and 6 years and above respectively. Introduction of trawlers and purse seiners initially contributed to a sudden hike in its production. But exploitation of juveniles and eggs/embryos carrying male brooders on large-scale, ultimately resulted in low recruitment. As brooders are not susceptible to fishery by hooks and line, it is suggested to intensify the catfish fishing by this gear.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: catfish; Hooks and line fishery
Subjects: Fishery Technology > Fishing
Demersal Fishes
Divisions: CMFRI-Cochin > Marine Capture > Demersal Fisheries
Depositing User: Geetha P Mrs
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2010 11:16
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2015 15:10
URI: http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/id/eprint/1061

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