Polynemid Fishes of India

Kagwade, P V (1970) Polynemid Fishes of India. CMFRI Bulletin, 18 . pp. 1-79.

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Abstract

Polynemids are among the most highly esteemed table fishes, especially the larger species like Eleutheronema tetradactylum and Ploynemus indicus. They occur all along the east and the west coasts and support fisheries of some importance throughout the year, though peak landings are restricted to certain periods of definite duration in regions especially on the northwestern coast of India where they are most abundant. Being migratory fishes, at least some of the species, occur not only in the sea but also in the river-mouths and estuaries. Species like P. indicus and P. heptadactylus, the habits and habitats of which have been studied in greater detail than others, are known now to support not only the inshore fisheries but also the offshore catches by trawlers from depths upto about 70 metres. The recent exploratory surveys have brought into prominence this hitherto little known resource from the deeper grounds which come to be exploited now regularly by the commercial trawlers. Their being favoured as extremely good eating fishes with wide seasonal and spatial distribution range, this group of fishes comprises a resource which plays an important role in the national economy.Among the world production of polynemids, even in the present declining years, for some nominal species as P. indicus, India’s annual landings occupy the first two or three ranks.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Polynemid fishes
Subjects:Pelagic Fisheries
CMFRI Bulletin
Divisions:CMFRI-Cochin > Marine Capture > Pelagic Fisheries
ID Code:606
Deposited By:Edwin Joseph
Deposited On:24 May 2010 16:53
Last Modified:18 Jan 2011 11:56
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