Marine mammals and fisheries interactions in Indian seas

Jeyabaskaran, R and Vivekanandan, E (2013) Marine mammals and fisheries interactions in Indian seas. In: Regional Symposium on Ecosystem Approaches to Marine Fisheries & Biodiversity, October 27-30, 2013, Kochi.


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    Incidental capture of marine mammals in fishing gear is a major cause of concern. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) identified bycatch as one of the serious threats to the marine mammals. The International Whaling Commission (IWC) estimated that at least 308,000 dolphins and porpoises are killed in bycatch every year in the world oceans. The Indian seas support 26 species of cetaceans and one species of sirenian. Until 2003, knowledge on marine mammals of India was restricted to incidental catch of different species in fishing gear. Between 2003 and 2012, the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) undertook a research project on marine mammals and conducted extensive visual sighting cruises onboard FORV Sagar Sampada in the Indian EEZ and contiguous seas to explore diversity, distribution and ecological characters of this mega fauna. The project also undertook a survey on the marine mammals that are incidentally captured by fishing gear

    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Marine mammals; fisheries interactions; Indian seas; bycatch
    Subjects: Marine Mammals
    Divisions: CMFRI-Kochi > Fishery Environment
    Subject Area > CMFRI > CMFRI-Kochi > Fishery Environment
    CMFRI-Kochi > Fishery Environment
    Subject Area > CMFRI-Kochi > Fishery Environment
    Depositing User: Arun Surendran
    Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2013 07:56
    Last Modified: 09 Sep 2015 15:56

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