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Kerala: Fish landing falls, but State fares better July 15,2019   |  Source: The Hindu

Oil sardine catch has declined sharply with a 54% fall in landings across the country. The popular fish variety fell to the 9th position in 2018. It had the top position in 2017. From the 2017 landings of 3.37 lakh tonnes, the figure came down to 1.55 lakh tonnes in 2018. The total marine fish production too fell by 9% in 2018, recording 3.49 million tonnes compared to 3.83 million tonnes in 2017, a drop of 3.47 lakh tonnes. The data collated by the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) were released here on Friday.

Addressing the media, CMFRI Director A. Gopalakrishnan said the El Nino phenomenon had an impact on Indian waters. During the period in question, ocean surface temperatures shot up by two to three degrees, impacting fish breeding. Besides, the number of fishing days came down in several States thanks to cyclones and heavy rain.

According to CMFRI officials, fishers were not inclined to venture into the sea owing to the fall in fish catch and rising fuel prices. The details of a study conducted in this regard were presented by T.V. Sathianandan, principal scientist, Fisheries Resource Management Division, CMFRI. The data also revealed that Indian mackerel with a total landing of 2.84 lakh tonnes was the toast of the marine basket. Squid,

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