VISAKHAPATNAM, INDIA - Despite being blessed with a well-endowed coastline, fisherfolk representatives are worried that several species of marine catch are dwindling at an alarming rate along the Vizag coast.
According to fisherfolk representatives, prawn varieties including tiger prawn, brown prawn catch have been dwindling at a drastic rate in the last four to five years. At the same time, fish varieties such as white pomphret and black pomphret are not as visible as earlier times.
Citing an example, Visakha Dolphin Boat Owners Association president Ch Satyanarayana Murthy said, "About four years ago, whenever our boats used to go on a voyage, we used to haul in at least 100 to 200 kgs of tiger prawn. But, now it is hardly 5 or 10 kilos. Similar is the case with brown prawn and white prawn. White prawn haul has dropped drastically as earlier we used to net 100 to 200 kilos, whereas now it is just 20-25 kilos per voyage."
Source: Times of India