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|Keywords:||Auxis thazard;frigate tuna;big meshed drift gill nets;mesh size;commercially significant length group;length at first maturity|
|Abstract:||Auxis thazard form commercial fishery in Thoothukkudi coastal waters from June to October in big meshed drift gill nets with the mesh size ranging from 60 to 100 mm. The fishery is mainly constituted by the length group 275-500 mm. The present study deals with the estimation of mesh size to capture the commercially significant length group (326-400 mm) of A. thazard and its enmeshing pattern in gill nets with two different mesh sizes. The optimum mesh size for the exploitation of the commercial significant size group of A. thazard from Thoothukkudi coastal waters is estimated as 84 mm. As the length at first maturity of this species in Thoothukkudi coast varied from 300 to 310 mm, the nets with proposed mesh size would reduce growth and recruitment over fishing of A. thazard in this coast and allow for spawning before first capture. Though the big meshed drift gill net fishery of Thoothukkudi coast is multi species oriented, the study emphasises the need to regulate the mesh size of the nets based on the type of fishes that form fishery and fishing seasons. It is recommended to conduct big meshed gill net fishing from June to October with the nets having the mesh size of 84 mm,as A.thazard is the major contributor to the big meshed gill net catch during this season. The use of gill nets with the 60 mm-mesh size should be banned during this season, as this would result in capturing of juveniles of A.thazard leading to growth overfishing.|
|Appears in Collections:||IJMS Vol.31(4) [December 2002]|
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