Here’s the catch on Kerala’s fishing industry (To go with ‘Kerala fishermen’s daily tryst with danger’)

February 20th, 2012 - 1:27 pm ICT by IANS  

Kerala’s rivers, backwaters and other brackish water bodies endow it with a multitude of fish, besides the marine life bestowed by the sea. Here is “the catch” on the fishing industry:

- Fisheries form one of the most important sectors of Kerala’s economy, contributing three percent of the state domestic product. Kerala is a coastal state and is bordered on the west by the marine flora and fauna rich Arabian Sea.

- Kerala’s share in the national marine fish production is close to 25 percent.

- While there are more than 100,000 men involved in inland fisheries, there are close to 350,000 fishermen engaged in marine fishing operations.

- The Kerala coastline is 590 km long and there are nine fishing harbours and 17 fish landing centres in the state.

- During 2010-11, the export earnings crossed $2.8 billion for the first time in the history of marine product exports from the country. This is also the first time exports have crossed all previous records in quantity, rupee value and US dollar terms.

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