Fish production jumps, state in list of top 5

Gujarat is one of the top five coastal states that witnessed the highest growth of fish production between 2004-05 and 2010-11, states an analysis done by The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham).

"Gujarat's annual fish production currently stands at 8 lakh tonnes. In 2004-05, the production stood at 6.3 lakh tonne," said Bhagyesh Soneji, chairperson of Assocham Gujarat Council. The state currently accounts for 9 per cent of the country's total fish production of 91 lakh tonne.

The annual growth of fish production in the state (3.3%) is better than states like Kerala, Odisha, Maharashtra and Goa, between 2004-11. Only Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and Tamil Nadu have registered better growth rates than Gujarat, he said.

"Marine fish production constitutes lion's share of about 90 per cent of total fish production in Gujarat" he added.

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