Mussel culture in mulky estuary, Dakshina Kannada district, Karnataka during 1997-'99

Sasikumar, Geetha and Muthiah, C and Nagaraja, D and Sreedhara, B and Bhat, G S (2000) Mussel culture in mulky estuary, Dakshina Kannada district, Karnataka during 1997-'99. Marine Fisheries Information Service, Technical and Extension Series, 164 . pp. 13-18.

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Abstract

During 1997-'98 seasons, the mussel culture activities were carried out at Mulky estuary with the active participation of local fishermen and the growth rate was studied. Culture work was continued at two places in Mulky estuary during 1998-'99 seasons. The growth rate of mussels in Chitrapu area was higher than that observed in Mulky area. During 1998-'99 seasons, the meat content of the harvested mussel was low as they had spawned before the harvest. The culture works carried out at Mulky estuary reveal that mussel culture can be profitabily done during October-May months in Mulky estuary. The fishermen group can take up the culture activities as a part-time venture as the culture involves minimum labour only during the initial period and thereafter it needs little husbandry work. There is good demand for mussels in monsoon months when supply of marine fish is less due to ban on mechanized fishing. Mussels harvested in May can be processed and marketed for sale during the lean season, for which infrastructural facilities have to be developed. Once the marketing infrastructure is developed mussel culture activities can be taken up by more fishermen group in a profitable manner.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Mechanized fishing; mussel; mussel culture; Dakshina Kannada district; Karnataka; mulky estuary
Subjects:Molluscan Fisheries > Mussel culture
Divisions:CMFRI-Mangalore
ID Code:4310
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Deposited On:09 Sep 2010 14:48
Last Modified:26 May 2012 09:57

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