The Tunas and Tuna-like Fishes of India

Nair, R V and Rao, K Virabhadra and Dorairaj, K (1970) The Tunas and Tuna-like Fishes of India. CMFRI Bulletin, 23 . pp. 1-110.

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Abstract

Tunas are a major constituent of the pelagic-oceanic fisheries in the tropical and sub-tropical seas around the world. Some of the species as the albacore, bigeye, bluefin, skipjack and yellowfin are widely distributed over a great part of the world oceans and support fisheries of considerable importance, being exploited by some of the maritime nations, chief among them being Japan, United States of America, U.S.S.R., China (Taiwan) and Spain. Most tunas are migratory and their movements are related to the shifting features of the oceanic environments. As the fishing grounds are beyond the territorial waters, the different nations exploit the resources from the same productive regions, a fact which warrants international understanding to regulate and conserve the available resources. The estimated tuna and bill fish landings from the Indian Ocean currently stands at about 175 thousand metric tons which is expected to be doubled by 1975. While Japan and U.S.S.R. are the leading nations exploiting the Indian Ocean resources, other countries like Australia, Union of South Africa and Malaysia, Pakistan and Ceylon are also deeply interested in developing their oceanic fisheries. Most of the oceanic species grow to very big size and lend themselves for canning and processing by other methods, the products finding a ready market in all progressive countries.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:tunas
Subjects:Demersal Fishes > Tunas
CMFRI Bulletin
Divisions:CMFRI-Cochin > Marine Capture > Pelagic Fisheries
ID Code:611
Deposited By:Edwin Joseph
Deposited On:24 May 2010 16:39
Last Modified:15 Oct 2011 12:31
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