Feeding habits of skipjack tuna, Katsuwonus pelamis associated with flotsam in Minicoy, Lakshadweep

Sivadas, M and Wesley, S Godwin (2007) Feeding habits of skipjack tuna, Katsuwonus pelamis associated with flotsam in Minicoy, Lakshadweep. Journal of Ecobiology, 21 (1). pp. 57-62.

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Abstract

Feeding habits of skipjack tuna associated with flotsam and those from free schools were studied based on data collected from the pole and line fishery from Minicoy during 1999-2001. The flotsam were found in different months but was more frequent during Sept. to Nov. A preponderance of smaller siz-e groups below 40 cm (48%) was seen around flotsam whereas in free schools size groups above 50 cm (65%) dominated. Stomach contents of 828 individuals were analysed. In flotsam associated skipjack, stomachs were found to be either empty or with natural prey. Caridian shrimps were found to be the main food in all size groups/and were actively fed. The average ration per 1000 g body weight ranged between 17.3 and 39.4 ml suggesting that the flotsam have a function related to feeding rather than refuge.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Skipjack tuna; Minicoy; Flotsam; Feeding habits
Subjects:Food and Feeding
Pelagic Fisheries > Skipjack
Divisions:CMFRI-Cochin > Marine Capture > Pelagic Fisheries
CMFRI-Kozhikode
ID Code:8359
Deposited By:Arun Surendran
Deposited On:09 Apr 2011 08:20
Last Modified:09 Apr 2011 08:20

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