'Marinefish-famine'(?) In Karnataka with particular reference to Udupi district during 1998-'99

Muthiah, C and Bhat, S Uma and Gupta, C Alli and Sreedhara, B (1999) 'Marinefish-famine'(?) In Karnataka with particular reference to Udupi district during 1998-'99. Marine Fisheries Information Service, Technical and Extension Series, 165 . pp. 12-23.

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'Marinefish-famine' is an issue often raised by the fishermen of Karnataka over the past several years whenever, they are affected monetarily and there is a failure of major fisheries of the region like mackerel and oil sardine and the high-value resources like cuttlefishes, squids and prawnsThe production of 1,64,710 t in 1998 is less by 12.3%(23,048 t) compared to 1997 but, higher than the average production of 1.59,567 t for 1993-'97. Therefore, this marginal decrease in production in 1998 cannot be considered as anyfishfamine condition in the marine fishery sectorof the state during 1998. As far as the fishery situation during 1998-99 in the Udupi district is concerned, the study on the fish landing at the largest landing centre of the district i.e., Malpe Fisheries Harbour shows that the production during 1998-'99 was normal compared to the past several years but, when compared to the previous year (which was one of the two most productive years since the commssioning of the MFH in 1986-'87 with a record landing of 50,558 t), the landing declined by 31.4% (15,897 t). Short-term, long-term and cyclic fluctuations in marine fish landings are common features and are governed by a complex of biotic and abiotic factors and the exact causes for these variations are largely unknown. Therefore, the decrease of 12.8 and 31.4% in the marine fish landings of the state and Udupi district with reference to Malpe Fisheries Harbour respectively during 1998-'99 can be treated as one such short-term fluctuations and hence, the year cannot be considered as fish famine

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Marinefish-famine; Karnataka; Udupi district
Subjects:Fishery Technology > Fishing
Fish and Fisheries > Fisheries management
Divisions:CMFRI-Mangalore
ID Code:4165
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Deposited On:18 Sep 2010 10:51
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