Age and growth, mortality and stock assessment of Euthynnus affinis (Cantor) from Maharashtra waters

Khan, Mohammad Zafar (2004) Age and growth, mortality and stock assessment of Euthynnus affinis (Cantor) from Maharashtra waters. Indian Journal of Fisheries, 51 (2). pp. 209-213.

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    Abstract

    Kawakawa, Euthynnus affinis contributed on an average 1,563 t to the annual fish landings during 1996-2000 in Maharashtra. The drift net is the major gear, which exploits tuna resource. The species form about 87 % of the tuna landings by drift net at Sassoon dock (Mumbai). The other species were Thunnus tonggol, Auxis thazard and A. rochei, which together constituted about 13.0 % of the drift gill net catch. The size range of E. affinis in the drift net was from 26 to 73 cm. The growth parameters estimated are L ∝= 81.7 cm and K = 0.79 (annual). The total mortality coefficient (Z) varied between 2.04 and 2.88 dur- ing 1996-2000 with an average of 2.24 during the last 3 years with exploita- tion ratio (F/Z) of 0.6. The natural mortality coefficient (M) has been estimated as 0.928. The biomass is 1,344 t off Maharashtra, while the present average yield is 1,722 t. The maximum sustainable yield (MSY) has been estimated as 1,725t for Maharashtra indicating that the present exploitation is close to MSY.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Euthynnus affinis
    Subjects: Demersal Fishes > Tunas
    Marine Fisheries > Stock Assessment
    Divisions: CMFRI-Kochi > Marine Capture > Pelagic Fisheries
    Subject Area > CMFRI Brochures > CMFRI-Kochi > Marine Capture > Pelagic Fisheries
    CMFRI-Kochi > Marine Capture > Pelagic Fisheries
    Depositing User: Users 5 not found.
    Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2010 12:15
    Last Modified: 09 Sep 2015 15:05
    URI: http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/id/eprint/156

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