No fishing during lockdown; Sardine, mackerel, pink perch likely to increase in numbers
Kochi: It has been found that the lifetime and breeding of fish on Kerala coast is improving during the lockdown period. It is assessed that the lockdown period helped the fish breeding season and improve the fish wealth in the sea. The number of sardine (mathi), mackerel (ayala) and pink perch (kilimeen) on Kerala coast is likely to increase after the lockdown.
Dr. Sunil Muhammed of the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) said that drastic changes are expected in the condition of the sea and marine life as fishing boats are not venturing into the sea presently.
Normally, sardine, mackerel and pink perch fish breeding take place during monsoon season. Though less in number, many egg-bearing fishes arrive in coastal regions at present.
The marine experts said that as fishing was affected in lockdown, the condition in the sea is favourable for fish breeding and this will lead to a boom in fish wealth.