Production of Akoya pearls from the Southwest coast of India

Kripa, V and Mohamed, K S and Appukuttan, K K and Velayudhan, T S (2007) Production of Akoya pearls from the Southwest coast of India. Aquaculture, 262 (2-4). pp. 347-354.



The Indian pearl oyster Pinctada fucata (Gould) is typically capable of producing pearls of 3–5 mm diameter. The feasibility of production of pearls similar to Akoya pearls of 6–8 mm diameter was studied from the southwest coast of India. Along with this, mortality and retention rates of implanted oysters, rate of nacre production, thickness of nacre deposited, quality and type of pearls produced and effect of hydrographic variations on the mortality of implanted oysters were also studied. A total of 706 oysters were implanted, 311 with 5 mm, 395 with 6 mm nuclei and stocked in 30 cages for a period of 317 days. The mortality rates were highest, 0.173 ± 0.22 for the 6 mm nucleus implanted oysters followed by 5 mm nucleus implanted oysters at 0.107 ± 0.025 during the first 30 days after implantation

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Uncontrolled Keywords:Akoya pearls; Southwest coast of India
Subjects:Molluscan Fisheries
Molluscan Fisheries > Pearl oyster
Divisions:CMFRI-Cochin > Marine Capture > Molluscan Fisheries
ID Code:5761
Deposited By:Arun Surendran
Deposited On:28 Oct 2010 15:47
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