Fishery and stock status of neritic tunas and allied resources in the Indian Coastal Waters

Abdussamad, E M and Rohit, Prathibha and Margaret Muthu Rathinam, A and Jayasankar, J and Mini, K G and Ghosh, Shubhadeep and Rajesh, K M and Chellappan, Anulekshmi and Surya, S and Azeez, P A and Vinothkumar, R (2021) Fishery and stock status of neritic tunas and allied resources in the Indian Coastal Waters. In: Working Party on Ecosystems and Bycatch (WPEB), 23 June 2021.

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    Abstract

    Tunas and allied resource are exploited from coastal waters by a variety of small to medium fleets operating different varieties of gears. The catch was constituted by neritic tunas, small sized oceanic tunas like skipjacks and Spanish mackerel from shelf areas. Targeted fishery prevailed only for Spanish mackerels, whereas tunas mostly formed incidental catch in most gears. Their fishery is mostly coastal based and restricted to limited areas along the coast. Neritic tunas with a contribution of 65% in total tuna catch formed the mainstay of the National tuna landings with a catch of 45,571 ton during 2020. Catch during the year registered a marginal decline as compared to 2019. The neritic tuna fisheriy was supported by five species, namely; kawakawa (Euthynnus affinis, 28,310 t), frigate tuna (Auxis thazard, 5,840 t), bullet tuna (Auxis rochei, 6,888 t), longtail tuna (Thunnus tonggol, 4,052 t) and bonito (Sarda orientalis, 481 t). Spanish mackerels contributed 37,219 ton to the landings and was represented by narrowbarred Spanish mackerel (Somberomores commerson, 23,478 t) Indo-Pacific king mackerel (Somberomores guttatus, 13,419 t) and streaked Spanish mackerel (Somberomores lineolatus, 13 t). Fishery biological observations and stock assessment of component species indicated that neritic tuna stocks in general is healthy, with fairly high spawning stock biomass and are being fishing at sustainable levels.

    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Neritic tunas; Indian coastal waters
    Subjects: Pelagic Fisheries > Tuna fishery
    Marine Fisheries > Fisheries Resources Assessment
    Pelagic Fisheries
    Divisions: CMFRI-Veraval
    CMFRI-Kochi > Marine Capture > Pelagic Fisheries Division
    Subject Area > CMFRI > CMFRI-Kochi > Marine Capture > Pelagic Fisheries Division
    CMFRI-Kochi > Marine Capture > Pelagic Fisheries Division
    Subject Area > CMFRI-Kochi > Marine Capture > Pelagic Fisheries Division
    Depositing User: Arun Surendran
    Date Deposited: 17 May 2023 11:54
    Last Modified: 19 May 2023 04:18
    URI: http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/id/eprint/17033

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