Influence of lunar phases on fish landings by gillnetters and trawlers

Libini, C L and Khan, S Ajmal (2012) Influence of lunar phases on fish landings by gillnetters and trawlers. Indian Journal of Fisheries, 59 (2). pp. 81-87.



Observations made on new moon, full moon and during both quarters revealed variations in total catch as well as individual species catch in gillnetters and trawlers. Gillnet catches of sardines and mackerels showed a gradual increasing trend from new moon to full moon and then a decline towards the new moon whereas, barracuda and tuna catches exhibited an increasing trend from full moon to new moon. The catches of seerfish and sailfish were high during full moon to new moon quarter and were nominal during full moon. In trawl catches, during the first half of new moon and full moon days, Fenneropenaeus indicus and Penaeus semisulcatus were caught in large numbers and Fenneropenaeus merguiensis dominated the later half. Metapenaeus monoceros and Penaeus monodon were caught in lesser quantities

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Fish landings; Lunar phases; Gillnetters; Shrimps; Size variation; Trawlers
Subjects:Marine Environment
Divisions:CMFRI-Cochin > Fishery Environment
ID Code:8992
Deposited By:Arun Surendran
Deposited On:13 Jul 2012 15:22
Last Modified:13 Jul 2012 15:22

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