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Maharashtra: Bad weather nets worst fish haul in 45 years by Vaishnavi Chandrashekhar July 01,2020   |  Source: The Times of India

Last year, Maharashtra saw its lowest fish catch since 1974 due to bad weather, including unusual cyclones in the Arabian Sea that kept boats ashore, as well as generally lower stocks. Fish landings in Maharashtra declined 32% between 2018 and 2019, falling from 2.9 lakh tonnes to 2 lakh tonnes, shows data released on Tuesday by the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI). This is the second continuous year of decline as 2018 also saw a 22.5% decline. While fish catch usually fluctuates year to year due to oceanic conditions, experts say that with climate change bringing extreme weather, more action is needed to make fishing sustainable. Long monsoon, cyclone alerts in ’19 saw 36% shrinkage in fishing days in Maharashtra. Bad weather saw 36% dip in the number of fishing days in the state in 2019 from the previous year, said Anulekshmi Chellapan, scientist in charge of CMFRI’s Mumbai centre.

The community lost an estimated 50 days of fishing between August and December, said Chellapan, as prolonged monsoon and several depression and cyclone alerts kept fishermen at home in the usually productive post-rain period. Low catch even on good weather days led to fewer trawlers going out, reflecting in the relatively low trawl catch. Fishing effort in the state shrank

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