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.


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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
Subject Areas > CMFRI Brochures > CMFRI-Cochin > Mariculture
Depositing User: Dr. V Mohan
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2010 08:41
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2015 15:05

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