International Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Studies

Volume 1, Issue 5, 2014


Present status and prospects of Murrels Farming in Andhra Pradesh, India


Author(s): B. Laxmappa, G. Vijay Babu

Abstract: This short review summarizes the current status of the Murrells fisheries in inland waters. Murrels are perhaps the most important indigenous fishes occurring in almost all wild inland water bodies in Andhra Pradesh including India. Murrels can be recognized by the shapes of head, which resembles that of a snake.  They are air-breathing and carnivorous in nature. They can live for many hours out of water.  Murrels are highly esteemed as food in Andhra Pradesh. Murrels are known for their medicinal and recuperative values. As consumers prefer murrels over carps, most of the catches belonging to this group are disposed off alive. The expansion of murrel supplies to maintain food security is a priority concern in the state. Therefore, it is imperative to make murrel culture, popular among fish farmers and unemployed youths for income generation.


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