Prawn fishing methods

Ramamurthy, S and Muthu, M S (1969) Prawn fishing methods. In: CMFRI Bulletin No.14, Prawn fisheries of India. Jones, S,(ed.) CMFRI, Mandapam Camp, pp. 235-257.

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Before 1950 the prawn fishery was exploited only within a narrow coastal strip of 5-20 m depth by various types of indigenous gears. Later, due to the introduction of mechanised fishing vessels the commercially exploited grounds have extended up to 40 m depth. Besides trawling, the conventional gears constitute an important source of prawns landings. There is however no comprehensive account of the different methods of prawn fishing in India except for brief references by Panikkar and Menon (1956) and Venkataraman et al (1956). The other available information is related to fishing methods in general or to prawn fishing methods in specified regions (Hornell, 1925 and 1938; Rai, 1933; Chopra, 1939; Naidu, 1942; Jones and Sujansinghani, 1954; Nayar, 1958; George 1961; Menon and Raman, 1962, Thyagarajan and Thomas, 1962; Mani, 1963; Pillai and Ghosh, 1962). It is therefore attempted to deal, in the present account, with the methods adopted for capture of prawns on the Indian coasts, besides those in the backwaters and estuaries which yield a sizable prawn fishery. The types of fishing implements used for catching prawns along the Indian coast depend largely on the physical characteristics of the coast line and the habits of the species.

Item Type:Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords:Prawn fishing
Subjects:Crustacean Fisheries > Prawn and Prawn fisheries
Divisions:CMFRI-Cochin > Marine Capture > Crustacean Fisheries
ID Code:602
Deposited By:Edwin Joseph
Deposited On:24 May 2010 16:55
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