Maturation and spawning of Indian mackerel

Yohannan, T M and Abdurahiman, U C (1998) Maturation and spawning of Indian mackerel. Indian Journal of Fisheries, 45 (4). pp. 399-406.



The relation between body length and mature ovary is curvilinear whereas a straight line relation exists between the weight of the fish and weight of the ovary. Mackerel is a prolific breeder. Ova diameter studies indicated the presence of 6 batches of ova in the mature ovary at a time, the first batch ripening in a short period. Histological studies revealed the presence of early perinucleolar oocytes even in partially spawned ovaries, suggesting a continuous oogenesis and production of more than six batches of ova. Intensive spawning takes place from April to July. Monsoon and upwelling with consequent replenishment of nutrients effect a plankton bloom in the surface waters causing a spurt in the reproductive output of mackerel resulting in intensive spawning, reduced larval mortality and better recruitment.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Mackerel; maturation; spawning
Subjects:Fish and Fisheries > Fish breeding
Divisions:CMFRI-Cochin > Mariculture
ID Code:190
Deposited By:Dr. V Mohan
Deposited On:17 Mar 2010 14:11
Last Modified:17 Mar 2010 14:11

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