Karnataka clocks impressive growth in fish production

Clocking a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of about 11.48 per cent in 2004-05 and 2010-11, Karnataka has emerged as the leading coastal State with the highest growth in fish production, according to a research and analysis released by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM).

Goa, on the other hand has registered a negative growth rate of fish production as the fish production has slipped from 9.9 lakh tonnes in 2004-05 to 94,000 tonnes now because of over-exploitation of fishery resources, highlights the ASSOCHAM analysis.

With about five lakh tonnes of annual fish production, Karnataka accounts for almost 6 per cent of the overall fish production in the country, which is estimated at about 91 lakh tonnes, according to ASSOCHAM study released on Monday. Besides, in value terms the fisheries sector in Karnataka was worth about Rs. 4,000 crore, it said.

With over 300 km of coastline and almost six lakh hectares of inland waters, Karnataka has huge scope for further growth and investments in fisheries sector. Nearly eight lakh fishermen were involved in fishing business across Karnataka.

Among the leading coastal States, Andhra Pradesh ranks second in terms of growth in fish production with a CAGR of about 8 per cent and with over 13.5 lakh tonnes of fish production annually. The State accounts for over 16 per cent of the country's fish production.

West Bengal (4.85 per cent), Tamil Nadu (4.47 per cent), Gujarat (3.37 per cent) and Odisha (3.25 per cent) are the other leading fish producing States in the country, which recorded fish production growth rate between 3 and 4 per cent during 2004-05 and 2009-10.

Kerala recorded least growth rate of fish production during this period as the fish production had come down from about 8.66 lakh tonnes in 2008-09 to the current level of about 6.82 lakh tonnes, said ASSOCHAM.

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