By V N Sanjeevan, The author is Former Director, Centre For Marine Living Resources and Ecology, Cochin.
Issue - Deep Sea Exploration
Date - 16th August 2018
Deep-sea exploratory surveys have added several new species to the biodiversity of the Indian icthyofauna. These surveys have also identified new fishing grounds besides quantifying the resource potential of previously unexploited fishes such as the myctophids and oceanic squids.
Deep Sea fishery and inventorying the deep sea mega fauna of Indian exclusive economic zone (EEZ) are rather neglected areas of research in the post-independent Indian context, probably due to lack of adequate infrastructural facilities. Our knowledge on the deep sea fishery resources of the Indian EEZ are mainly from the pioneering works carried out through the exploratory surveys of Her Majesties (HM) Royal Indian Marine Survey Ship (RIMS) Investigator 1 from 1879-80 to 1908, followed by the exploratory surveys...