Bombay duck dying. Blame overfishing

MUMBAI: Overfishing together with climate change is altering the kind and amount of fish found on the Maharashtra coast.

Indiscriminate, excess fishing has significantly reduced the catch of local favourites, like Bombay duck and pomfret, over the past decade, with the drop being up to 55% in some species, according to new data from the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI).

Meanwhile, rising sea temperatures have boosted small fish populations, like oil sardines and mackerels, expanding their territory in the past two decades from their traditional habitat off the southwest coast eastwards up to Kolkata and northwards to Mumbai.
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