On the fishery for the crab Scylla serrata (Forskal) At Tuticorin during 1974-75

Shanmugam, S and Bensam, P (1980) On the fishery for the crab Scylla serrata (Forskal) At Tuticorin during 1974-75. Indian Journal of Fisheries, 27 (1&2). pp. 102-110.

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Abstract

Scylla serrata occurs in fairly good numbers at Tuticorin, throughout the year. In the nortbsrn part, it is usually caught from the shallow coastal waters by shore-seines and cast-nets, while in the backwaters and canals of the southern region by a simple trapping device. Apart from these, certain drag-nets, stakenets, baited hooks and hand-picking are also resorted to for the capture of this crab. The estimated yield of S. serrata during 1974-75 was 9,460.6 kg, of wthich 53.7% were 'by nets and 46.3% by traps. The combined annual size-frequency distribution of the orate has indicated the presence of three distinct age-groups, with modes at 11-5, 155 and 185/195 mm. Gross examination of gowadial conditions has shown three stages of maturity for both sexes, representing immature, maturing and mature conditions. Berried females Showed two stages in the development of eggs. It appears that for improving the quality and quantity of the catches, the smallest size groups with dominant mode at 115 mm carapace width could be spared from the efforts of the fishery.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:crab; Scylla serrata; Tuticorin
Subjects:Crustacean Fisheries > Crabs
Divisions:CMFRI-Cochin > Marine Capture > Crustacean Fisheries
ID Code:627
Deposited By:Dr. V Mohan
Deposited On:24 May 2010 17:11
Last Modified:24 May 2010 17:11

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