Bycatch and discards in commercial trawl fisheries of Malabar region

Manojkumar, P P and Pavithran, P P (2012) Bycatch and discards in commercial trawl fisheries of Malabar region. [Teaching Resource]


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    Increase in the commercial trawling in the last few decades has made direct impact on ecosystem and also on the biodiversity. Trawling kills a large quantity of ncn-targeted species and juvenile fishes. The fisherman after each haul discards a large quantity of unwanted fishes and shellfishes in to the sea. The discard rate varies in relation to the target species, season and area of operation. Trawl fisheries, are characterised by high discard rates of unwanted fish, and of juvenile or undersized commercial species. There is growing evidence that intensive fishing with trawls may alter the habitat, and affect biodiversity, community structure, species composition and abundance of both target and other species within the food web. The most recent FAO estimate sets global discards at about 25% of reported annual production from capture fisheries. The types and quantities of discards in fishing operations will depend on the species and size selectivity characteristics of the gear used in relation to the target species.

    Item Type: Teaching Resource
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Bycatch; discards; commercial trawl fisheries; Malabar region
    Subjects: Marine Ecosystems
    Marine Environment > Marine Pollution
    Divisions: CMFRI-Kozhikode
    Depositing User: Arun Surendran
    Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2014 06:11
    Last Modified: 09 Sep 2015 15:57

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