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Karnataka: Drop in mackerel, sardine catch has experts worried by Deepthi Sanjiv November 12,2019   |  Source: The Times of India

Experts from the College of Fisheries want the government to focus on skill development and alternative livelihood for fishermen. The unusual occurrence of huge landings of triggerfish and change in the composition of fish population is likely to affect the fishing communities, fear experts. Hence, it is important that fishermen are trained in alternative livelihood options, said Dr A Senthil, professor and dean (Fisheries), Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and Fisheries Sciences University, College of Fisheries. In the last 2-3 years there has been a drastic change in the fish population, diversity and also the quantity of fish. “Of late sardine and mackerel that are caught in huge quantities in these parts have declined sharply. The same is true for the other commercial species like pink perch, pomfrets and seer,” he said.

“In place of the commercially important species, Odonus niger which is one of the non-conventional fish has appeared in large quantities. This feeds on zooplankton, squids, crustaceans and fish. This is called triggerfish of the tropical Indo-Pacific area. This reef associated species is locally called as ‘Kargil fish’ or ‘Klaati’ along the Karnataka coast,” explains Dr Senthil.

These fishes were found in areas where there are rocks and at

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