Marketing and utilization of marine by catch: Problems and prospects

Aswathy, N and Sathiadhas, R and Narayanakumar, R and Shyam, S Salim (2012) Marketing and utilization of marine by catch: Problems and prospects. Journal of Fisheries Economics and Development, 12 (2). pp. 1-8.


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Sea food industry is a potential foreign exchange earner and source of livelihood for the vast majority of population in the coastal belt of India. Rapid economic growth coupled with expansion of the domestic retail sector in lndia created a huge demand for fish and a sharp rise in the prices of fresh as well as processed fish products. Target fishing and overfishing of high valued fishes beyond their sustainable levels resulted in dwindling catches and lower returns for many of the mechanized fishing units. The by catch once discarded by the trawlers are now brought to the shore and sold to increase the revenue and sustain the fishing operations. The by catch constitute low value food fish and trash fish with non-edible uses as fish meal, poultry feed and fertilizers. There exist immense potential for the development of value added products both for human consumption and non edible uses through the effective utilization of bycatch and discards. The paper presents a macro level analysis of price trends, marketing channels and the pattern of utilization of low value food fish and trash fish in India. The potential problems in the handling and marketing and the prospects for utilization both for edible and non-edible purposes are also discussed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Marketing; marine by catch; Problems and prospects; Sea food
Subjects: Socio Economic and Extension > Fisheries Extension
Socio Economic and Extension > Fisheries Economics
Divisions: CMFRI-Cochin > Fishery Extension
Depositing User: Arun Surendran
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2012 00:41
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2015 15:52

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