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P-ISSN: 2394-0506, E-ISSN: 2347-5129

International Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Studies

2018, Vol. 6, Issue 4, Part C

Supply chain and market infrastructures for Marine Fishery in Gujarat

Author(s): Hemant Sharma, M Swain and SS Kalamkar

Abstract: The aim of the study was to examine the existing supply chain and marketing infrastructure for marine fisheries in Gujarat, India. The primary data were collected during month of October 2015 covering three periods spread in the year 2014-15 (October 2014 to September 2015) from three fishing harbours namely, Veraval, Porbandar and Mangrol of Gujarat. It was observed that the post harvest infrastructure in marine sector in Gujarat seems to have received less attention. It is also true that as the industry has been pre-occupied with the exports, no major initiatives have been made for the development of the domestic market (may be due to less demand). Fish is by and large sold in the most unhygienic conditions and this area needs considerable intervention in the coming period. Fishing harbours are being developed at both major and minor ports. However, the condition of washing and cleaning facilities available at selected harbours was unsatisfactory at Porbandar and Mangrol while same was very poor at Veraval harbor. Also the facilities like clear landing platform and cold storage/chill plants within the FH premises and availability of insulated storage boxes on board the fishing vessel need to be ensured. The retail markets are unhygienic and lack basic facilities that to when more than 90 percent retailers are women. Most of whole fish is sold in the market and there is no processing/value-addition. The retail markets operate in open sky condition and thus, in view of less availability of ice, the quality of fish deteriorates very fast. The harbors like Porbandar and Veraval are overcrowded due to less space in harbor region and large number of boats parked there than its capacity. Because of same, fish catch exceeds the capacity of harbor. Therefore, there is a need of emphasizing further development of harbor regions as well as marketing infrastructure for fishery sector of Gujarat.

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How to cite this article:
Hemant Sharma, M Swain, SS Kalamkar. Supply chain and market infrastructures for Marine Fishery in Gujarat. Int J Fish Aquat Stud 2018;6(4):192-198.
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