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India marine fish landing increased by 6.6% in 2016

Manuel Armenta | 20 May, 2017, 05:28

Marine catch in the country has recorded a marginal increase of 6.6% during 2016 compared to the previous year, says a fish landing report released by the state-run Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI).

Despite an eight per cent increase in fish landing, Kerala was pushed to the fourth position for the first time in the annual estimates on fish landing prepared by the Kochi-based Central Marine Fisheries Institute (CMFRI).

Even as mackerel recorded a sharp decline in Kerala, the national fish was placed at the first spot with an overall production of 2.5 lakh tonnes ahead of sardine (2.44 lakh tonnes).

Kerala has for the first time in history has dropped out of the top three States in marine fish landings in the country.

According to CMFRI's estimates, which was released here on Friday, the total marine fish landings for 2016 is 3.63 million tonnes, with Gujarat remaining at the top position for the fourth consecutive year with the maximum landings in the country, followed by Tamil Nadu.

West Bengal, Karnataka, Gujarat, Kerala, Maharashtra and Daman and Diu witnessed a hike in the marine fish landings, whereas other states registered a fall in the catch in varying degrees. The State produced 0.47 lakh tonnes of mackerel in 2016, which was a drop of 33% from the previous year. However, the catch of sardine continued to show trend of declining since 2013 and for the first time after 1998 it was not the top-ranked species in terms of the catch in the country.

CMRFI recorded a significant boost in a significant surge in the fish landing West Bengal with 2.72 lakh tonnes in 2016. In 2012, the catch of sardine in Kerala was 3.9 lakh tonnes, with its availability decreasing each year.

"CMFRI director Dr A Gopalakrishnan said there is urgent need to implement control measures to maintain the harvest at sustainable level". We have to explore the utilisation of untapped and unconventional resources to quench the demand. The climate change particularly the increase of sea surface temperature and mean sea level rise have affected the marine fish. "The CMFRI is now carrying out research works for developing frameworks to mitigate such challenges", said to Dr A Gopalakrishnan, Director of CMFRI.