Deep Sea Fishing in Sri Lanka Public Deposited

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  • The deep sea fisheries in Sri Lanka have been in existence since the late 1980s. After 2000 a significant growth has been experienced in the industry. This has mostly been due to the rapid increase of new vessels with modern technology and the development of export market opportunities. The Sri Lankan deep sea fishing totalled 102 kMT in 2008 or around 41% of the country’s marine fisheries catch that year. The authors’ research aimed at both determining the economic efficiency and estimating critical operational factors for different length groups of the deep sea fisheries vessels operating in Sri Lanka. Building on studies from Merrilene Peramune in 2005 and Gunnar Thordarson in 2008, a new interview survey was conducted. A cross sectional questionnaire survey interview data, taken during January through August of 2009 on operating costs, income and trip length of deep sea vessels was undertaken in order to collect data from a convenience sample. The sample consisted of 89 captains operating on multiday boats out of the 3,318 deep sea vessels operating in 2008. The findings suggest a strong link between size and revenue supporting earlier conclusions that most of the multi-day boats (smaller than 40 feet) are unsuitable for providing fish quality fulfilling export standards. This is mostly due to the poor fish preservation systems of the smaller deep sea vessels and the lack of coordinated fishing and marketing. It is suggested that in order to improve the quality of the catch collective fishing and information sharing should be implemented.
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  • Kariyawasam, Lalith Amaralal, Helgi Gestsson and Ögmundur Knútsson. 2010. Deep Sea Fishing in Sri Lanka. 11 pages. In: Proceedings of the Fifteenth Biennial Conference of the International Institute of Fisheries Economics & Trade, July 13-16, 2010, Montpellier, France: Economics of Fish Resources and Aquatic Ecosystems: Balancing Uses, Balancing Costs. Compiled by Ann L. Shriver. International Institute of Fisheries Economics & Trade, Corvallis, Oregon, USA, 2010.
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