Commercially Important Crab Fishery Resources from Arukkattuthurai to Pasipattinam, South East Coast of IndiaD. Varadharajan* and P. Soundarapandian
Faculty of Marine Sciences, Centre of Advanced Study in Marine Biology, Annamalai University, Parangipettai-608 502, Tamil Nadu, India
- *Corresponding Author:
- D. Varadharajan
Faculty of Marine Sciences, Centre of Advanced Study in Marine Biology Annamalai University, Parangipettai-608502, Tamil Nadu, India
Received date May 08, 2012; Accepted date August 18, 2012; Published date August 24, 2012
Citation: Varadharajan D, Soundarapandian P (2012) Commercially Important Crab Fishery Resources from Arukkattuthurai to Pasipattinam, South East Coast of India. J Marine Sci Res Dev 2:110. doi:10.4172/2155-9910.1000110
Copyright: © 2012 Varadharajan D, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
The documentation of crab landings especially commercially important crabs are need of the hour to get clear picture about total landings of crabs and also their seasonal availability for better management. So it is attempted to record the individual as well as total crab landings from Arukkattuthurai to Pasipattinam. The individual male, female and berried crabs were reported uniformly maximum in Mallipattinam and minimum in Pasipattinam (Mallipattinam > Manamelkudi > Jegathapattinam > Sethubavachatram > Pointcalimere > Arukkattuthurai > Muthupettai > Adirampattinam > Kattumavadi > Pasipattinam). However total landings of male (48976 kg), female (38745 kg) and berried (16533 kg) crabs were recorded maximum in Mallipattinam. However male (23932 kg), female (16087) and berried (5418) crabs were minimum in Pasipattinam. Among 12 crab species reported P. pelagicus (165297.8 kg) was maximum and C.truncata (18371.28 kg) was minimum for all sexes. Among various stations crabs were landed maximum in Mallipattinam (104254 kg) and minimum in Pasipattinam (45437 kg).