Marginal increase of 6.6% in marine fish landings in 2016

Cornelia Mascio
Mag 20, 2017

India's marine fish catch registered a slight increase of 6.6 per cent during 2016 compared to the previous year.

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).

Ironically, while mackerel recorded a sharp decline in Kerala, it emerged top among the major resources obtained across the country.

The data released shows that Kerala, one of the major fish-consuming states in the country, has slipped down to fourth spot for the first time in the history, behind Karnataka.

According to CMFRI estimates, the total marine fish landings in 2016 is 3.63 million tonnes.

Though Kerala was pushed down to the fourth position, it registered an eight per cent increase in total marine fish catch at producing 5.23 lakh tonnes behind Gujarat (7.74 lakhs tonnes), Tamil Nadu (7.07 lakh tonnes) and Karnataka (5.29 lakh tonnes). Though there is a slight increase in the overall landing, the catch of sardine continues to show a declining trend since 2013. The State produced 0.47 lakh tonnes of mackerel in 2016, which was a drop of 33% from the previous year.

The oil sardine landings which had fallen to 2.66 lakh tonnes in 2015 from 5.45 lakh tonnes in the previous year, declined further in the year 2016 to 244992 tonnes. It is also the first time the catch of sardine is slipping down to the third spot behind scads and mackerel.

It says a huge hike in the production of Hilsa shad, the most favourite fish of Bengalis, helped the West Bengal increase its marine fish production to 2.72 lakh tonnes. It recorded 0.46 lakh tonnes in 2016, a 32.8% decrease over previous year.

Pelagic finfish contributed 60%, Demersal fin fish 25%, crustaceans 8% and molluscs 7% of the total landings in the State.

The south-west region (Kerala, Karnataka and Goa) follows the northwest with 11.1 lakh tonnes (31 per cent).

Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Puducherry form the south-east region and West Bengal and Odisha form the north-east region and their contributions are 9.4 lakh tonnes (26 per cent) and 4.0 lakh tonnes (10 per cent) respectively.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

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