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International Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Studies

2016, Vol. 4, Issue 2, Part A

Assessment of socio-economic impact of mud bank fisheries along Punnapra, Kerala


Author(s): Shyam Salim S, Manjusha U, Pushkaran KN, Suresh VK, Sunil PV

Abstract: Mud banks are unique formations which are characteristic to the south west coast of India and it commensurates with the fishing holidays or closed season in fisheries. The fishermen who are devoid of fishing activities during the monsoon ban period gets to huge amount of shoals finds this as an opportunity to gain the sole income. The fishing operations in the mudbank area are done at a lower depth, and hence the fishing costs tend to remain significantly low leading to huge profitability and increased returns. A cost benefit study related to mudbank fisheries was conducted in Punnapra of Alappuzha district, Kerala during 2014 and 2015 among non-motorized, motorized and mechanised sector. In spite of a slight increase in the fisheries landings during 2015 compared to 2014 it did not reflect in the income gained by the fishermen. The difference in income was mainly due to the changes in fish composition during these periods. Many fisheries operations face economic difficulties as a result of high fuel prices and low income.

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How to cite this article:
Shyam Salim S, Manjusha U, Pushkaran KN, Suresh VK, Sunil PV. Assessment of socio-economic impact of mud bank fisheries along Punnapra, Kerala. Int J Fish Aquat Stud 2016;4(2):32-39.
International Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Studies