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|Title:||Identification of fishing grounds for emerging non-conventional crustacean fishery resources off south-west coast of India|
|Authors:||Kumar, K. Yogesh|
Dineshbabu, A. P.
|Keywords:||Non-conventional crustaceans;Distribution;Trawl fishery;Resource mapping;GIS|
|Abstract:||Trawling operations, extended wide and far, have resulted in the emergence of many non-conventional fishery resources. Apart from regular commercial crustacean resources of shrimps, crabs and lobsters, crucifix crab, C. feriatus, C. smithii and C lucifera are forming bulk catch in regular trawl fishery recently. The south-west coast of India contributes one-third of country’s stomatopod production in which Oratosquilla nepa contributes the maximum. Extension of fishing grounds has resulted in exploitation of larger-sized stomatopods Harpiosquilla harpax, which is edible. Present study aims at understanding the spatio-temporal distribution of these non-conventional resources, through GIS-based resource mapping which is indicative of their distribution and abundance. The study showed that there is good potential for commercial exploitation of non-conventional resources which can form a part of the commercial fishery in coming years to enrich the seafood availability and to provide new avenues for fishermen for maximising their returns from the fishery.|
|ISSN:||0975-1033 (Online); 0379-5136 (Print)|
|Appears in Collections:||IJMS Vol.48(05) [May 2019]|
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