Infographic: Kerala sour with draft fishing policy – Times of India
As per an estimate of CMFRI based on 2005 to 2007 data, the Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY) of sardine along Kerala coast, is 2.3 lakhs tonnes. So during the period 2011 and 2012, the stock was fished above the MSY by harvesting nearly 2.5 lakh tonnes only once in 1994. The sardine catch in 2012 was 3.9 lakh tonnes, the highest during the last two centuries. It marked the start of the decline. The collapse of the sardine stock was officially reported in 2015. Kerala government has asked the centre to call for a meeting of ministers of southern coastal states to discuss the crisis in the fisheries sector.