The Mud Banks of the West Coast of India

Rao, D S (1967) The Mud Banks of the West Coast of India. In: Souvenir 20th Anniversary Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, 3 February 1967, Mandapam.

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Abstract

The periodic formation of mud banks along the southern section of the West Coast of India between Cannanore in the north, and Neendakara near Quilon in the south is a most interesting phenomenon the like of which has not been reported from anywhere else. This takes place with cyclic regularity in the inshore areas during the South West Monsoon reducing considerably the wave action in the sea on an otherwise surf-ridden coast. The areas where such mud banks are formed provide safe anchorage for ships and facilitate fishing operations also and are therefore welcomed by the coastal people who depend on the sea for their livelihood. As the richest prawn fishing grounds in the country are located within the same region, the mud banks are of great interest from the economic as well as scientific points of view. Not much work appears to have bten done on them since the extensive observations made in the thirties of this century by late R. C. Bristow, the architect of Cochin harbour whose reports are still the most important contributions on the subject.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Mud Banks; West Coast of India
Subjects:Marine Fisheries
Divisions:CMFRI-Cochin > Fishery Environment
ID Code:5572
Deposited By:Arun Surendran
Deposited On:19 Oct 2010 15:43
Last Modified:19 Oct 2010 15:43

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