Socio-Economic Impact of Tsunami on Fisheries and Coastal Communities in Kerala

Sathiadhas, R and Prathap, K Sangeetha (2005) Socio-Economic Impact of Tsunami on Fisheries and Coastal Communities in Kerala. In: Proceedings of the Seventh Indian Fisheries Forum, 2005, Kochi.

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Abstract

The Indian Ocean tsunami of 26th December2004 was a series of giant sea waves unleashed by the massive earthquake beneath the sea with its epicentre located about 250 km South East of Sumatra, Indonesia. The huge waves of tsunami lashed across thirteen countries of the world, one among the worst hit being India. Tsunami caused considerable destruction and causalities in the coastal regions of the states including Tamil Nadu, Pondichery, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Andaman & Nicobar Islands. In Kerala, 187 villages were affected, registering a death toll of 180 persons and huge damage to assets and livelihood. This study was conducted at different landing centres in the tsunami affected regions of Kerala. The impact of tsunami on the fisheries was catastrophic as in the case of other affected segments, impinging on the livelihood of already poverty stricken fisher households. Non-mechanized and motorized segments were the worst affected among different sectors of marine fisheries. Maximum reduction in landings was experienced by plank-built boats with gillnet (motorized) and country crafts with gillnets (non-mechanized).

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Socio-Economic Impact; Tsunami; Fisheries; Coastal Communities; Kerala
Subjects:Socio Economic and Extension > Fishing Villages
Oceanography > Natural calamities > Tsunami
Socio Economic and Extension > Fishing Community
Divisions:CMFRI-Cochin > Fishery Extension
ID Code:5689
Deposited By:Arun Surendran
Deposited On:26 Oct 2010 14:52
Last Modified:26 Oct 2010 14:52

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