Annual marine fish landings increase by 5.6% in 2017
Kochi: India's marine fish production shows a sign of revival with the annual marine fish landings in 2017 registering 5.6 per cent increase compared to the previous year.
According to a release by Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), the total marine fish landings in India (excluding Andaman and Nicobar and Lakshadweep islands) in 2017 was 3.83 million tonnes. Gujarat remained at the top position for the fifth consecutive year contributing 7.86 lakh tonnes (20.5 per cent of total landings) followed by Tamil Nadu and Kerala, it said.
This is the highest catch after a record-high landings in 2012.
Marine fish landings improved in all maritime states other than Tamil Nadu and a palpable dip in the Union Territories of Puducherry and Daman and Diu.
Revival of oil sardine in the western coastal states especially in Kerala played a major role in improving the country's marine fish production this time. However, the east coast witnessed a decline in the oil sardine catch with 83 per cent drop in Andhra Pradesh and 36 per cent in Tamil Nadu compared to 2016. A total of 788 marine fish species were landed this time along the Indian coast with maximum numbers landed along the Tamil Nadu coast followed by Kerala and Maharashtra.