Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India

Volume 31 Issue 1&2

Fishery of threadfin bream at Waltair with notes on some aspectsS of biology of Nemipterus mesoprion (Bleeker).

T. Appa Rao

At Waltair, during 1980.82, threadfin breams were abundant in the catches of private trawlers during the first half of the year. The average annual landings were 895 tonnes.

Nemipterus mesoprion is carnivorous subsisting mainly on crustaceaos and teleosts. Among crustaceans young prawns, crabs and Squilla sp. are dominant.

Studies on growth rate of N. mesoprion showed that the fishery was supported mainly by fishes measuring 70-140 mm. The species showed a monthly growth rate of 10 mm in fishes measuring 70-140 mm. It was also observed that the percentage contribution of males was more than the females.

Date : 31-12-1989