India’s marine fish landings have showed a 5 per cent decline last year at 3.59 million tonnes against 3.78 million tonnes in 2013.

However, the value based on the price at landing centre level was ₹31,754 crore, registering an increase of 8 per cent over 2013 and 12 per cent growth at the retail level to the tune of ₹52,363 crore.

Oil sardine remained the largest contributor towards total marine fish landings in India with Kerala topping in oil sardine landings, the report prepared by Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute said.

The fluctuations in the availability of oil sardines in most of the southern States as well as Hilsa fish landings in West Bengal are key reasons for the declining trend in arrivals, CMFRI officials said.

Of the 9 maritime states and 2 union territories, Gujarat ranked first with landings of 7.12 lakh tonnes followed by Tamil Nadu with 6.65 lakh tonnes, Kerala 5.76 lakh tonnes, Karnataka 4.74 lakh tonnes, Maharashtra 3.45 lakh tonnes, Andhra Pradesh 3.42 lakh tonnes, Goa 1.53 lakh tonnes, Odisha 1.39 lakh tonnes, West Bengal 0.77 lakh tonnes, Puducherry 0.65 lakh tonnes and Daman & Diu 0.46 lakh tonnes.

The landings from Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Goa and Odisha registered an increase during the period while catch from Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Maharashtra, West Bengal and Daman & Diu showed a declining trend.