The present status and future prospects of elasmobranch fishery in India

Devadoss, P and Kuthalingam, M D K and Thiagarajan, R (1987) The present status and future prospects of elasmobranch fishery in India. CMFRI Bulletin National Symposium on Research and Development in Marine Fisheries Sessions I & II 1987, 44 (1). pp. 188-199.


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An increasing trend in the annual catch of elasmobranch fishery from 35.6 thousand tonnes during sixties to 53.9 thousand tonnes during seventies and 59.6 thousand tonnes during the current decade (upto 1985) was observed. This increase is mainly due to the large scale mechanisation of the fishery during the seventies. At present, though 6 5% of the resources is from the west coast, Tamilnadu ranks first contributing 25% of the all India catches. The optimum levels of effort to get the MSY for sharks and rays using the Schafler model at selected centres have been worked out and presented. The study has indicated that there is scope for increasing the trawling effort at Visakapatnam, Mandapam and Rameswaram whereas reduction of trawling effort is suggested for Madras, Kakinada, Tuticorin, Calicut and Bombay. The MSY worked out for the gill net at Cuddalore suggested the advisability of increasing the effort whereas a reduction of the effort is indicated for Calicut

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Elasmobranch fishery; India
Subjects: Elasmobranch Fisheries
Divisions: CMFRI-Madras (Chennai)
Depositing User: Arun Surendran
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2010 05:04
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2015 15:19

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