Fishery and biology of Meretrix casta (Chemnitz) in the Moorad estuary, Kerala

Laxmilatha, P and Thomas, Sujitha and Sivadasan, M P and Ramachandran, N P and Surendranath, V G (2006) Fishery and biology of Meretrix casta (Chemnitz) in the Moorad estuary, Kerala. Indian Journal of Fisheries, 53 (1). pp. 109-113.



Meretrix casta forms an important fishery in the Moorad estuary. The average annual landing for the period 2000-2004 was 426t, the average catch per effort was 573 kg and total effort was 3182. Clams ranging from 28 to 32 mm size contributed to the fishery. M casta is a continuous breeder with two peaks in March-April and August-September. The precentage edibility ranged between 8 and 16. The standing stock biomass in the Moorad estuary was estimated at 2073 t with an average density of 1096 numbers per sq. m. The present status and management options for this important fishery are discussed.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:fishery; biology; Meretrix casta; Moorad estuary; Kerala
Subjects:Molluscan Fisheries > Clam
Divisions:CMFRI-Cochin > Marine Capture > Molluscan Fisheries
ID Code:5839
Deposited On:03 Nov 2010 17:03
Last Modified:28 May 2012 13:19

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