Postlarval abundance as a possible index of fishing success in the prawn Metapenaeus dobsoni (Miers)

George, M J (1963) Postlarval abundance as a possible index of fishing success in the prawn Metapenaeus dobsoni (Miers). Indian Journal of Fisheries , 10 A (1). pp. 135-139.

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Abstract

The penaeid prawn Metapenaeus dobsoni (locally known as poovaalan in the bigger sizes and thelly in the smaller sizes) spawns in the inshore waters of the Southwest coast of India (Menon 1951) almost throughout the year with the peak breeding season between June, July and November (Menon 1955 and George 1962). The eggs hatch and through different stages quickly transform to postlarvae which are noticed to enter in very large numbers into the various estuaries and backwaters along the coast and to use these waters extensively as nursery grounds during their juvenile growth period. The very lucrative paddy field prawn fishery and the backwater fishery for prawns of Cochin and other areas of the coast is singularly dependent on this habit of the prawn. After a growth of about 9 or 10 months these prawns return to the coastal waters where they are henceforth exploited by both the indigenous fishing as well as the mechanised fishing operations.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Postlarvae; fishing success index; Metapenaeus dobsoni
Subjects:Fishery biology
Divisions:CMFRI-Cochin > Marine Capture > Crustacean Fisheries
ID Code:2079
Deposited By:Dr. V Mohan
Deposited On:06 Aug 2010 14:39
Last Modified:06 Aug 2010 14:39

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