Flying Fish Fishing On The Coromandel Coast, 1988-1991-BOBP/WP/84

WORKING PAPERS - BOBP/WP/84

Flying Fish Fishing On The Coromandel Coast,
1988-1991


by
0. Pajot
Senior Fishing Technologist, BOBP
C. R. Prabhakaradu Inspector of Fisheries,
D.O.E. Govt. of Tamil Nadu, INDIA.


Executing Agency: FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS

Bay of Bengal Programme Madras, India, 1993

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PREFACE

There are at least ten species of Flying fish in the Bay of Bengal but they have not been intensively fished. In order to demonstrate new income-generating activities for smallscale fisherfolk, systematic fishing trials for Flying fish were initiated by the Bay of Bengal Programme (BOBP) in connection with the demonstration of a beachlanding craft being conducted in Thirumullaivasal, Tamil Nadu, India. The trials, between 1989 and 1991, introduced gillnetting, with or without lures and combined gear arrangements for Flying fish capture to the local fishermen every year in the March-July Flying fish seasons during this period.

In order to study the economic feasibility of continuing Flying fish operations in the fishing villages of Tamil Nadu, a marketing survey was conducted in 1990 by the Bay of Bengal’s Post-Harvest Fisheries Project, funded by the Overseas Development Administration (ODA), U.K.

This working paper details the trials and indicates that the daily earnings of the fishermen working on the beachlanding craft in this fishery compared favourably with the average earnings of fishermen employed in other fisheries during the same period. The marketing study revealed that there is a market for the fresh varieties of Flying fish as well as for the dried fish.


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1. INTRODUCTION
2. TRADITIONAL FLYINGFISH FISHERIES
3. FEATURES OF FISHING TRIALS

3.1 Fishing gear
3.2 Fishing operations

4. RESULTS

4.1 Fishing effort
4.2 The fishing gear

5. ECONOMIC FEASIBILITY

FIGURES

1. The FRP beachlanding craft IND-20 with Box Drive
2. Coastal area of Tamil Nadu showing operational base and fishing area
3. Gillnet for large Flying fish
4. Gillnet for small Flying fish
5. Scoopnet for small Flying fish
6. Arrangement of fishing gear for combined flying fish fishing operations

APPENDIX

I. Marketing of Flying fish

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