Seerfishes

Muthiah, C and Pillai, N G K and Mohamad Kasim, H and Bhat, S Uma (2003) Seerfishes. In: Status of Exploited Marine Fishery Resources of India. Mohan Joseph, M and Jayaprakash, A A,(eds.) CMFRI, Cochin, pp. 45-50. ISBN 81-901219-3-6

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Seerfishes/Spanish-mackerels (known as Mackerel and Gura in West Bengal; Mingiram, Koni and Konemu in Orissa; Konemu and Vanjaram in Andhra Pradesh; Nettaiyan seela, Vanchiram, Kattayan seela and Nona seela in Tamil Nadu; Neimeen, Varimeen and Ayakura in Kerala; Dandi, Isona, Anjal, Surmai in Karnataka; Isona in Goa; Surmai, Towar and Anjari in Maharashtra; Surmi and Chopri in Gujarat and Digumas and Ayakkura in Lakshadweep) are one of the commercially important marine pelagic finfish resources of India of high commercial value. The seerfish catch of 50,376 t in 2000 which was just 1.85% of the marine fish production was valued at 4.03 billion rupees and was higher than the cost price of India’s major group of finfish catches like mackerel and oil sardine. Owing to their high unit value and economic returns, they support artisanal fisheries and is a major source of income for gill net and hook and line fishermen of the country. In recent years, they are also caught in appreciable quantities by trawl from the deeper waters, enhancing the financial returns to the boat owners. Since seerfishes grow to a large size and their meat quality is of high grade, they are in great demand all over the country fetching Rs.80-150/kg, prices higher than that of chicken and mutton.

Item Type:Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords:Pelagic fishery
Subjects:Pelagic Fisheries
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Divisions:CMFRI-Cochin > Marine Capture > Pelagic Fisheries
ID Code:12
Deposited By:Dr. V Mohan
Deposited On:02 Mar 2010 14:01
Last Modified:09 Nov 2011 14:44

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