Depleted and Collapsed Marine Fish Stocks along Southwest Coast of India – A Simple Criterion to Assess the Status

Mohamed, K S and Sathianandan, T V and Zacharia, P U and Asokan, P K and Krishnakumar, P K and Abdurahiman, K P and Veena, S and Durgekar, N Raveendra (2010) Depleted and Collapsed Marine Fish Stocks along Southwest Coast of India – A Simple Criterion to Assess the Status. In: Coastal Fishery Resources of India; Conservation and Sustainable Utilisation. Society of Fisheries Technologists, Cochin, pp. 67-76.

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    Abstract

    India’s marine fishery has grown from a subsistence level to an industrial one. From a meagre 0.6 million tonnes in 1950s it has crossed 3.0 million tonnes in 2008. Kerala, and to a lesser extent, Karnataka have been the major contributors to the marine fish production of the country (having 12% of the total coastline and contributing 30-35% of the production). Mechanization of the fishing fleets has focussed increased effort on the fish stocks in the region (southwest coast), and consequently, many stocks are not as abundant as they were before. The intense exploitation of commercial marine species along these coasts has reportedly led to threats of species loss. So far no comprehensive study has been made to assess the health of Indian marine fish stocks with respect to depletion and collapse, and therefore, no restoration or stock rebuilding plans are available. Most of the world’s most valuable fish stocks are either fully exploited or overexploited (FAO, 2007). The 25% of the stocks that remain underexploited tend to comprise of low-value species.

    Item Type: Book Section
    Uncontrolled Keywords: marine fish stock; depleted; collapsed
    Subjects: Marine Fisheries > Conservation
    Marine Fisheries > Stock Assessment
    Divisions: CMFRI-Kochi > Marine Capture > Molluscan Fisheries
    Subject Area > CMFRI Brochures > CMFRI-Kochi > Marine Capture > Molluscan Fisheries
    CMFRI-Kochi > Marine Capture > Molluscan Fisheries
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    Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2011 10:20
    Last Modified: 26 Dec 2015 08:58
    URI: http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/id/eprint/7855

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