Aquatic environment provides numerous resources that support human life in different ways. Food forms the basic need of human beings for survival. Organisms of all tropic levels are available in aquatic system. The world fisheries have changed rapidly during the last few decades. A large portion of fish production in last two decades came from Aquaculture and Culture based fisheries. India is now the third largest producer of fish and the second largest producer of fresh water fish in the world. India produces about 6.57 million metric tons fishes every year, where Goa has its own share which has an equally good potential.
The state of Goa (North latitude 14°49 and 15°52 and east longitudes 73°38 and 74°24) has a land area of 3701 km2 and coastline of 105 km. It is situated between Karnataka and Maharashtra. The Terekhol river forms Goas northern border while it is surrounded in the south and east by Karnataka and in the west by Arabian Sea. Goa is a small maritime state and has a reasonable scope for fisheries production mainly from marine capture and inland culture resources. It is felt necessary to have a data base on the fisheries potentials of Goa so that it would help the planners, researchers and fishers alike. An information system has been developed with an objective to provide adequate information on the entire Aquatic and Fisheries resources of Goa.
|Developed by : Ashok Kumar Jangam, S. Subramanian, Pranjali Wadekar & Tejaswini Patil|