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Int. Journal of Life Sciences, 2018; 6(2): 500-506      |                 Available online, April 26, 2018

Venerid Clam fishery from Kalbadevi estuary, Maharashtra 

 

Sundaram Sujit1, Mane Sushant 2 and Sugumar Ram Kumar3

 

1,3 Mumbai Research Centre of Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, 2nd Floor, C.I.F.E old campus, Fisheries University road, Seven Bunglows, Versova, Mumbai - 400 061, Maharashtra, India.

2 Department of Zoology, Wilson College, Chowpaty, Mumbai-400 007, Maharashtra, India.

Email- sushantmane@yahoo.com 

 

Received : 24.02.2018   |     Accepted : 02.04.2018 | Published : 26.04.2018

Venerid clam fishery from Kalbadevi estuary (Shirgaon creek and Sakarthar creek) is studied. Field survey was undertaken once a month during January 2015 to December 2016. Four species of clams namely Katelysia opima, Paphia malabarica, Meritrix meritrix and Meritrix casta dominated the catch in both the creeks. Species composition, length range, density and the corresponding biomass of bivalves are estimated from both the centers. About 100-200 collectors are involved in bivalve collection thus forming an alternative source of livelihood for villagers along Kalbadevi creek. The main market for these bivalves is Mumbai and Goa, where it is transported every alternate day. Women play an important role in income generation for the fishermen along this region engaging in various activities related to the fishery sector.

 

Keywords: Clam fishery, Kalbadevi estuary, Maharashtra

 

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Editor: Dr.Arvind Chavhan

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Cite this article as:

Sundaram Sujit, Mane Sushant and Sugumar Ram Kumar (2018) Venerid Clam fishery from Kalbadevi estuary, Maharashtra, Int. J. of. Life Sciences, Volume 6(2): 500-506. 

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Acknowledgement

The authors are thankful to Dr.K.S.Mohamed, Principal Scientist and Head, Molluscan Fisheries Division, Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Kochi. 

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Conflicts of interest: The authors stated that no conflicts of interest.

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Copyright: © 2018 | Author(s), This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial - No Derives License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.

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