Biodiversity status and conservation strategy of elasmobranchs (sharks) at gulf of manner, Thoothukudi district
K Ganesh, Dr. B Geetha
India is ranked second in top of 20 shark catching nations of the world. Indian shark landing is decreased tendency in recent years. The main motivation of shark catching is for their fins. Millions of sharks were killed every year for their fin soup. Indian Government has banned the sharks catch (only for their fins), however, it is illegally exported to Asian countries viz. China, Singapore, Thailand, Malasia and Hongkong for their festivals and functions. In addition, shark products are filleted, salted and dried shark meat and liver oil also have a good demand in both international and domestics markets. The present study is aimed to collect data from fish landing centre and assess the biodiversity status and conservation strategy of sharks at Thoothukudi district Southeast Coast region.