Issue Date: Mar 31, 1994
What is the Indian marine fishery scenario?
Total catch is increasing. But the economically important species - mainly prawns, oysters and mackerels - which account for 50 per cent of the total export output, are stagnating.
Why has the output declined?
The main reason is over-exploitation of prawn. For instance, Kerala's prawn catch during 1960-65 was about 24,000 tonnes annually. This went up to as much as 80,000 tonnes in the mid '70s, but has now stabilised at about 33,000 tonnes.