Artisanal fishing methods along the Vizhinjam Coast, Kerala

Surya, S and Anil, M K and Jasmine, S and Ambarish, Gop P and Gomathi, P and Kingsly, H Jose and Suresh, K K (2019) Artisanal fishing methods along the Vizhinjam Coast, Kerala. Marine Fisheries Information Service; Technical and Extension Series (239). pp. 24-28. ISSN 0254-380 X


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Vizhinjam Landing Centre (8º 22' 30'' N, 76º 59' 15'' E), is one of the important fish landing centres in Kerala capable where fish landings occur all over the year by employing crafts and gears according to the seasonal requirements and availability of fishes. Primarily carried out by traditional crafts and gears, fitted with outboard engines, vessels fitted with inboard engines and other modern gears are not able to operate along the coast due to patchy rocks and steep sloping continental shelf of this region. During the last decade, there was a complete transition from the wooden crafts to fibre boats which made crafts lighter and in turn enabled increase in the speeds of the fishing vessels. Even some of the catamarans which the government had given free to fishers after the 2004 Tsunami, remain at shore. Most of the traditional crafts along the coast ranged from 25 to 40 feet overall length (OAL). Two outboard engines with 9.9 HP each are used for propulsion. Fishers disclosed that after the Ockhi Cyclone in December 2017, fishing grounds haved changed and there is a conspicuous reduction in fish availability. Drift gillnet forms the major gear in fishing operation along the coast followed by mechanised hooks and line and boat seines.. The details of some of the artisanal gears and its mode of operation are given below.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Artisanal fishing methods
Subjects: Fishery Technology > Fishing
Divisions: CMFRI-Vizhinjam
Depositing User: Arun Surendran
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2020 10:08
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2020 10:08

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