Selectivity estimates for Sepiella inermis (Van Hasselt, 1835) in 40 mmdiamond mesh codend trawl net

Madhu, V R

Abstract

Cephalopods are mostly targeted by trawlers and Sepiella inermis (spineless cuttlefish), contributes about 2-4 percent oftotal cephalopod landings in India. Cephalopods accounted for 6.9 percent of total landings in Gujarat in 2018, with S.inermis accounting for approximately 1 %. The most common length of this species in the fishery is between 35 mm to 147mm. The length at first sexual maturity varies along the coast, and recent estimates for west coast of India for this species is48 and 55 mm for males and females, respectively.There are no estimates of trawl codend selectivity for this species and experiments were carried out using a 40 mmdiamond mesh codend using covered codend method. The selection parameters for S. inermis were derived using SELECTmethodology and the length at 50 % retention (L50)±(s.e.) was worked out as 36.2±1.2 mm and selection range as 19.9±2.1mm. The selection factor and the selection ratio for the codend were worked out as 0.9 and 0.55, respectively. The suggestedmesh size for the codend based on length at first sexual maturity (LFM) of females (55 mm) and males (48 mm) wereestimated as 60 and 53 mm (diamond mesh), respectively. This is the first estimate of trawl selection for this species andoperational parameters like towing speed, codend catch etc., that could influence selectivity were not considered and hencemore studies by incorporating these factors will help in further refining the parameters of the selection curve.

Keyword(s)

Cephalopods, Covered codend, L50, SELECT, Selectivity

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