Recent trends in the mobulid fishery in Indian waters

Nair, Rekha J and Zacharia, P U and Dinesh Kumar, S and Kishore, T G and Divya, N D and Seetha, P K and Sobhana, K S (2016) Recent trends in the mobulid fishery in Indian waters. Indian Journal of Geo-Marine Sciences, 44 (9). pp. 1265-1283.

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    Abstract

    Mobulidae are zooplanktivorous elasmobranchs, found circumglobally in tropical, subtropical and temperate coastal waters. It comprises of two recognized species of manta rays (Manta spp.) and nine recognized species of devil rays (Mobula spp.). Although the reports of mobulid fishery in India were only from 1960s, however it was commercially exploited only after 2007 for their valuable gillrakers. Mobula diabolus, M. tarpacana, M. japonica, M. kuhlii, M. thurstoni, Manta birostris and M. alfredi are the seven species which contributes to mobulid fishery. White gilled Mobula tarpacana is highly targeted for its high priced gill raker which fetches upto Rs. 8,000 kg-1 in dry weight. Few mobulid species has already reached the IUCN Red List status. Thorough monitoring of mobulid fish exploitation level is essential in India. It is necessary to ensure standardized sampling and modelling methodologies to estimate the stock position of these fishes from Indian waters.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Mobulids, fishery, gill rakers, exploited, Indian waters
    Subjects: Marine Fisheries
    Divisions: CMFRI-Kochi > Marine Capture > Demersal Fisheries
    Subject Area > CMFRI > CMFRI-Kochi > Marine Capture > Demersal Fisheries
    CMFRI-Kochi > Marine Capture > Demersal Fisheries
    Subject Area > CMFRI-Kochi > Marine Capture > Demersal Fisheries
    Depositing User: Arun Surendran
    Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2016 10:10
    Last Modified: 11 Aug 2016 10:10
    URI: http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/id/eprint/10988

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