Sciaenid fishery resources of the Gulf of Mannar and Palk Bay

Bensam, P (1973) Sciaenid fishery resources of the Gulf of Mannar and Palk Bay. In: Proceedings of the symposium on living resources of the seas around India, 1973, Mandapam Camp.


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The Gulf of Mannar-Palk Bay area, forming the southern sector of the east coast of India, harbours many species of sciaenids, including some commercially valuable forms like Pseudosciaena diacanthus, P. aneus, Otolithes argenteus, Johnius maculatus, etc. Until a decade ago, this resource remained poorly tapped due to lack of fishing facilities proper for its capture. Since the establishment of the Government of India Offshore Fishing Station at Tuticorin and Indo-Norwegian Project at Mandapam, trawling grounds for sciaenids off the Pinnakayal estuarine region in the Gulf of Mannar and Vaigai reverine area in the Palk Bay have been charted. Catch tiends by indigenous and mechanised crafts in centres like Sippikulam-Vaipar, Vembar and thakarai indicate the presence of good fishing grounds for the sciaenids. Further work of charting these grounds in the Gulf of Mannar-Palk Bay area, particularly off river mouths and estuaries, remains to be carried out in order to have an adequate knowledge on the distribution and abundance of this resource. The indication is that the present level of exploitation can be increased further without fear of depletion.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sciaenid fishery; Gulf of Mannar; Palk Bay
Subjects: Demersal Fishes > Sciaenids
Divisions: CMFRI-Cochin > Marine Capture > Pelagic Fisheries
Depositing User: Dr. V Mohan
Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2010 17:50
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2015 15:18

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