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Fishermen told to return baby lobsters to sea

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TUTICORIN, MARCH. 3 . The Fisheries College and Research Institute, affiliated to the Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, has urged fishermen to refrain from catching baby and berried (egg-carrying) lobsters, for sustainable lobster production.

Speaking to presspersons here on Tuesday, V. K. Venkataramani, Fisheries Biology department head, said in the last three to four years, lobster catch along the Indian coast dwindled, mainly because baby and berried lobsters, were netted on a large scale.

"Lobster catch came down from 2,387 tonnes in 2000 to 1,248 tonnes in 2003."

This effected foreign exchange earnings, as 95 per cent of the catch got exported. Baby lobsters of less than 100 gm and berried lobsters should be returned to the sea.

"Berried lobsters carry six lakh eggs. Hence, catching them could affect production," he said.

The occasional catch of berried lobsters could be handed over to fisheries scientists, who would rear lobsters in a confined pond and sea-ranch them.

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