Harvest and Post-harvest Technology for Tuna

A New Publication from SOFTI
Harvest and Post-harvest Technology for Tuna
Edited by Joseph, J., Boopendranath, M.R., Sankar, T.V., Jeeva, J.C.. and Kumar, R.; First published 2008, Society of Fisheries Technologists (India), Cochin; pp. viii+ 166; 245x175 mm; soft bound; ISBN: 81-901038-6-5 Price: Rs. 250/-

A new book on Harvest and Post-harvest Technology of Tuna published by the Society of Fisheries Technologists (India) (SOFTI) was released on 24th July 2008 by Dr. K. Devadasan, President, SOFTI. Tuna is the third largest internationally traded fish commodity, which contributes about 9% of the total trade in value terms. It includes the principal market tunas used for canning and sashimi, the raw fish regarded as delicacy in Japan and increasingly, in several other countries. The Indian EEZ alone has a resource potential of 0.21 million tonnes of tuna, of which the present exploitation is only around 0.05 million tonnes. Exploitation of tuna resources is identified as one of the thrust areas for increasing export of Indian marine products. About 23,800 tonnes was exported to European Union, South-East Asian countries, Japan and West Asia in 2006-07 realising over Rs 1300 million. Product forms exported from India include mainly frozen, dried, chilled and canned tuna. Improved harvest and post-harvest handling and processing technologies are required for enhancement of production and exports of high value product forms such as sashimi grade tuna and tuna based value added products. Though India has an active coastal tuna fishery, deep sea tuna fishing activities is in a nascent phase. Purse seine, pelagic longline, pole and line, gill net, handline and troll line are the important commercial fishing methods for catching tunas. There have been

several initiatives in India to increase tuna production, including popularisation of the conversion of the existing fishing vessels to tuna long liners, in recent years. Despite efforts by the regional fisheries management organizations, there has been continued growth of tuna fleets and concomitant increase in tuna fishing mortality, biological overfishing, stock declines, fishing overcapacity and bycatch issues. Recognising the importance of the emerging oceanic tuna fisheries in Indian economy, Society of Fisheries Technologists (India) has brought out a new publication titled Harvest and Post-harvest Technology for Tuna. The contents of this volume provide a new orientation and impetus to the development of tuna fisheries development and offer better inputs for development of tuna fisheries. A detailed author index and subject index based on key words and species names, provided adds to the value of the volume. The book covers resources, harvest and post-harvest operations and marketing of tuna under the following chapters, authored by experts in the respective field:
An Overview of World Tuna Fisheries S. K. Chakraborty, A.K. Jaiswar and Debabrata Panda Fishery and Biology of Tunas in the Indian Seas N.G.K. Pillai and U. Ganga Current Status of Assessment of Oceanic Tuna Stocks in Indian Ocean V.S. Somvanshi, Sijo P. Varghese and S. Varghese Management of Tunas and Tuna-like Species in the Indian Ocean IOTC Secretariat Harvest Technologies for Tuna and Tuna-like Fishes in Indian Seas and Bycatch Issues P. Pravin, B. Meenakumari and M. R. Boopendranath Processing and Product Development from Tuna T.K.Srinivasa Gopal, C.N. Ravishankar, J. Bindu and K. Ashok kumar Harvest and Post Harvest Aspects of Sashimi Grade Tuna Production George L. Skoutarides Market Development and Expansion for Tuna Kuruvilla Thomas Practical and Economic Aspects of Commercial Tuna Longline Operations in Indian Seas M. Sivaram and P. Jeyanthi

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