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Tamil Nadu: TN grabs first position in fish production, Kerala in third spot with 15.4% decline July 01,2020   |  Source: The New Indian Express

India's marine fishing sector registered a marginal increase of 2.1 per cent in production in 2019 compared to the previous year. However, certain alarming factors including warming of the Indian Ocean have led to decline in stocks of commercially valuable fish species, causing concern among the fishing community. The Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) on Tuesday released the figures of India's fish production in 2019, which reported a marginal increase in fish landings at the national level. The country's total landings stood at 35.6 lakh tonnes compared to 34.9 lakh tonnes in 2018.

Tamil Nadu grabbed the first position with 7.75 lakh tonnes of landings overtaking Gujarat, which has been leading the table for years. Fish landings in Gujarat declined from 7.80 lakh tonnes in 2018 to 7.49 lakh tonnes in 2019. Kerala retained third position with 5.44 lakh tonnes but total fish landings declined from 6.43 lakh tonnes in 2018 to 5.44 lakh tonnes in 2019. The data indicated a worrying feature of a sharp increase of stocks of commercially unimportant fish species. The red-toothed trigger fish, which has little demand in the domestic market and is mostly caught for the purpose of feed mills, dominated the landings with 2.74 lakh tonnes. The landings of the species

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