India’s Marine Fish Catches Up 6.6% in 2016
KOCHI: India’s total marine fish catch saw a six percent rise in 2016 when compared to the previous year. However, the sardine landings continued to decline. This has been revealed by the data released by Central marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI).
According to the findings of the survey of CMFRI, the total marine fish catch in the country in 2016 stood at 3.63 million tonnes.
Gujarat retained the top slot for the fourth consecutive year for maximum marine fish landings followed by Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Kerala, which has been ranked fourth, has dropped out of the top three States for first time.
All the coastal states, Gujarat, West Bengal, Karnataka, Kerala and Maharashtra registered increase in the marine fish landings. At the same time, the fish catch declined significantly in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh largely due to the cyclone, which reduced fishing days in these states.
However, the sardine catches have continued to show a declining trend since 2013. For the first time since 1998 it lost its numero uno position in terms of catch to Mackerel in 2016. Mackerel and sardine catches stood at 2.5 lakh tonnes and 2.44 lakh tones respectively