The Bombay-Duck

Bapat, S V (1967) The Bombay-Duck. In: Souvenir 20th Anniversary Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, 3 February 1967, Mandapam.


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The Bombay-duck, popularly known as "Bombil" is of great economic importance to the fishermen of the west coast of India, north of Ratnagiri. It is supported by a single species Harpodon neherpua (Hamilton). It has a wide and discontinuous distribution along to the coasts of East Africa, Indian subcontinent, Malaya, Indonesia and China. In India it is taken in large quantities on the south and south east coasts of Saurashtra on the Gujarat coast and the Konkan coast of Maharashtra. It is also taken in appreciable quantities on the Andhra-Orissa coast and from the estuaries of Bengal. With the introduction of a programme of mechanisation of the fishing craft under the Five Year Plans, the fishing activity and the area of exploitation along the Maharashtra and Gujarat coasts have considerably increased, resulting in larger landings of Bombay-duck. The fishery today has attained the status of one of the major fisheries of India.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bombay-Duck; Bombil
Subjects: Demersal Fishes > Bombay Duck
Divisions: CMFRI-Cochin > Marine Capture > Demersal Fisheries
Depositing User: Arun Surendran
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2010 10:22
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2015 15:33

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