The flat fish resources of the west coast of India

Seshappa, G (1973) The flat fish resources of the west coast of India. In: Proceedings of the symposium on living resources of the seas around India, 1973, Mandapam Camp.


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Among the marine fishery resources of India, the flat fishes occupy a place of some importance, especially along the West Coast. Among these, however, the only species that has been contributing to a sizable and regular fishery is Cynoglossus semifasciatus Day. The best fishery is restricted to the NorthKerala and South Mysore coasts. This paper gives a brief account of the past and some recent trends in this fishery with a particular reference to Calicut on the Malabar coast. The common nets used in the sole fishery at Calicut are the boat-seine (Paithuvala) and the cast net. In recent years mechanised boats have started fishing by small trawl nets in the area and it has been found that during 1966-67 and 1967-68 the off-season catches have been more than catches of the normal season, the difference being particularly marked in 1967-68 which accounted for a good annual total catch. A large percentage of the off-season catch consisted of juveniles. The extent to which this would affect the regular fishery remains to be studied.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: flat fish resources; India
Subjects: Demersal Fishes > Flat Fishes
Demersal Fisheries
Divisions: CMFRI-Cochin > Marine Capture > Demersal Fisheries
Subject Areas > CMFRI Brochures > CMFRI-Cochin > Marine Capture > Demersal Fisheries
Depositing User: Dr. V Mohan
Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2010 17:48
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2015 15:18

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