European Journal of Biotechnology and Bioscience

European Journal of Biotechnology and Bioscience


European Journal of Biotechnology and Bioscience
European Journal of Biotechnology and Bioscience
Vol. 6, Issue 1 (2018)

Implementation of minimum legal size (MLS): A case study of Kerala (South India)


Sahadevan P

Minimum legal size (MLS) set the smallest size at which a particular species of fish can be legally retained if caught. By increasing the size at which fishes are caught and by increasing or maintaining the size of the spawning stock, MLS can be used to assist in addressing two major problems in fisheries management, growth overfishing and recruitment overfishing. In the context of sharp decline in marine fish landings in the recent years, the state of Kerala (South India) has imposed MLS for 58 species of commercially important fin fishes and shell fishes invoking appropriate provisions of Kerala Marine Fishing Regulation Act (KMFRA) of 1980. In the present paper the circumstances which led to the imposition of MLS, objectives of MLS and the challenges in its implementation in Kerala are discussed.
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Sahadevan P. Implementation of minimum legal size (MLS): A case study of Kerala (South India). European Journal of Biotechnology and Bioscience, Volume 6, Issue 1, 2018, Pages 30-37
European Journal of Biotechnology and Bioscience