Status of sea cucumber resources and impact of fishing ban on the livelihood of fishers in Gulf of Mannar and Palk Bay

Asha, P S and Johnson, B and Ranjith, L and Vivekanandan, E and Subin, C S and Sheik Mohamed, M (2015) Status of sea cucumber resources and impact of fishing ban on the livelihood of fishers in Gulf of Mannar and Palk Bay. Marine Fisheries Information Service; Technical and Extension Series (226). pp. 3-9. ISSN 0254-380 X

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    Abstract

    The sea cucumbers constitute an important part of non-fish income source for thousands of fishers along Gulf of Mannar and Palk Bay of south east coast of India. The fishery which is more than thousand years old was introduced by the Chinese stationed at Ramanathapuram, for preparing a dried sea cucumber product Beche-de-mer. The sea cucumber fishery in Gulf of Mannar and Palk Bay was artisanal in nature and consisted of fishermen who were good divers, the processors who acted as middlemen and the exporters. The sea cucumbers were chiefly collected by skin diving to a depth of 1.5 to 6.0 m in the shallow seas using nonmechanised country crafts. They were also caught as by-catch in trawlers locally known as Thallu madi (an indigenous modified trawler operating on wind power in shallow waters), besides the Chanku madi and Attai madi which were operated in deeper coastal waters.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: sea cucumber resources; impact of fishing ban; Gulf of Mannar; Palk Bay
    Subjects: Echinoderms > Seacucumber
    Divisions: CMFRI-Tuticorin
    CMFRI-Madras (Chennai)
    CMFRI-Mandapam
    Depositing User: Arun Surendran
    Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2016 04:36
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2016 04:36
    URI: http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/id/eprint/10963

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