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Scientists believe climate change impacts likely behind low marine catch in India by Toan Dao August 05,2020   |  Source: SeafoodSource

Climate scientists suspect that impacts of climate change have led to lower marine catches along the west coast of India, environmental news service Mongabay reported.

Last month, India’s Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) released its Marine Fish Landings Report 2019, which provided data about marine catch in each Indian state.

Maharashtra, a state in the west coast, saw its 2019 fish catch fall to its lowest level in 45 years, with the output of all marine species diving significantly, Mongabay said.

The estimated fish catch in the state last year declined 32 percent year-on-year to 201,000 metric tons (MT), from 295,000 MT in 2018.

The main reasons for the lower catch might come from adverse weather conditions – such as heavy rains – and overfishing of juveniles, K.V. Akhilesh, a scientist working at CMFRI Mumbai, said. Akhilesh added that extreme weather events, possibly because of climate change, are expected to rise in the years ahead.

In 2019 India encountered roughly six severe cyclones, which hit fishing activities hard, especially in the west coast.

“Last year, the western coast witnessed many cyclones due to which the fishing days were less, and the cyclones are increasing from the last three years,” Ganesh Nakhawa, a

 

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