Fishery for cephalopods using Fish Aggregating Device off Blangad in Kerala

Sreekumar, K M and Raju, Aju K and Thobias, P A and Baby, K G and Ravi, Asha and Varghese, Molly (2019) Fishery for cephalopods using Fish Aggregating Device off Blangad in Kerala. Marine Fisheries Information Service; Technical and Extension Series (239). pp. 16-18. ISSN 0254-380 X


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Fish Aggregating Device (FAD) is being deployed off Blangad a small coastal village in Chavakkad, Thrissur district of Kerala, for catching squids and cuttlefishes. The FADs are made up of coconut spadix (locally known as Kolanjil), plastic bottles, nylon ropes, pieces of fishing nets and sacks containing large quantities of sand. This structure is locally known as Norumbu and fishermen from Colachel and Kanyakumari are mainly involved with this activity. The coconut spadix tied with nylon ropes and plastic bottles as float have sacks filled with sand as anchors (Figs. 1 & 2). This structure errected in the sea in identified sites at a distance of 20-44 km from shore and having 30-50 fathom depth, acts as an aggregating device, especially for cephalopods. The fishers record its position on their Global Position System (GPS) unit and after 5 days arrive to operate hooks & lines (Fig.3). Fishing season is from October-May and during the peak season, around 200 fibre boats are operating from Blangad. Most of the boats are fitted with 2 numbers of 9 hp outboard engines. A tractor is used for hauling the boat to the beach

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: cephalopod fishery; Fish Aggregating Device; off Blangad
Subjects: Molluscan Fisheries > Cephalopods
Molluscan Fisheries
Divisions: CMFRI-Tuticorin
Depositing User: Arun Surendran
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2020 09:38
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2021 09:46

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