Marine Fisheries Information Service No.237

CMFRI, Kochi (2018) Marine Fisheries Information Service No.237. Marine Fisheries Information Service; Technical and Extension Series (237). Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Kochi.

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    The oceans rich in resources covering both the biological (plants, fishes) and physical (oil, gas, minerals) realms are of strategic importance to all coastal nations. Public appreciation of the wealth of its marine resources and sustainably tapping it delivers manifold benefits to the country and its people. Seaweeds have a long cultural history of utilisation as food in several Asian countries. They are also an important source of bio-fertilizers, industrial products like agar, alginates and carrageenan as well as bio-active molecules used in pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals. As a prime aquaculture species global production in 2016 crossed 30 million metric tonnes (wet weight) dominated by countries such as China, Korea and Japan as estimated by the Food and Agriculture Organisation. In India, agar yielding red seaweeds and algin yielding brown algae are collected seasonally from natural seaweed beds. Recently, cultivation of the red seaweed Kappaphycus alvarezii has become popular among the fishing community in Ramanathapuram, Thoothukudi, Pudukottai, Kanyakumari and Thanjavur districts in Tamil Nadu and also in districts of Amreli, Gir-Somnath and Porbandar in Gujarat. Projections of a global commercial seaweed market worth US$ 261 billion by 2025 with Asia-Pacific region as the key player have emerged. Undoubtedly, development of seaweed based industries in India will positively impact livelihoods of small-scale fishermen by making seaweed farming lucrative and creating a value-chain. With this background, the present issue of MFIS highlights the various nutraceuticals developed from seaweeds by ICAR-CMFRI. The articles on economic valuation of marine fish landings and other developments in the marine fisheries sector will be helpful in understanding the intricacies and potential of the fisheries sector in India.

    Item Type: Book
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Marine Fisheries Information Service; Technical and Extension Series; MFIS
    Subjects: CMFRI Publications > Marine Fisheries Information Service - T & E Series
    Divisions: CMFRI-Kochi > Marine Capture
    Subject Area > CMFRI > CMFRI-Kochi > Marine Capture
    CMFRI-Kochi > Marine Capture
    Subject Area > CMFRI-Kochi > Marine Capture
    Depositing User: Arun Surendran
    Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2019 06:17
    Last Modified: 28 Dec 2019 09:03

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