Gopakumar, G and Pillai, N G K (2000) Whitebaits. In: Marine Fisheries Research and Management. Pillai, V N and Menon, N G,(eds.) CMFRI; Kochi, Kochi, pp. 296-309.



The present status of exploitation of whitebaits and information on their biology and stock position are reviewed. Encrasicholina devisi and Stolephorus waitei together account for major share of the whitebait catch. Aspects of fishery, size distribution in the fishery, size at first maturity, spawning season and seasons of young fish abundance for both the species at different observation centres are presented. Food of these species comprised chiefly of copepods and other zooplankters. The exploitation rate for S. waitei were 0.48 and 0.38 and for E. devisi 0.29 and 0.15 respectively along the east and west coasts. E. devisi is poorly exploited along both the coasts. E. devisi and E. punctifer are hardy, and can survive in captivity for one to three months and could therefore be utilised as live baits in the tuna pole and line fishery.

Item Type:Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords:Whitebaits
Subjects:Pelagic Fisheries
Divisions:CMFRI-Cochin > Marine Capture > Pelagic Fisheries
ID Code:4233
Deposited By:Arun Surendran
Deposited On:04 Oct 2010 14:00
Last Modified:04 Oct 2010 14:00

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