ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Fish Consumption Patterns of Coastal Regions in India

This analysis of fish consumption patterns in coastal states and union territories in India over time is based on unit record data on fish consumption obtained from National Sample Surveys conducted in 1983 and 2011-12. Distributional aspects of fish consumption both within and across coastal states/union territories and over time are assessed. The results suggest that despite an increase in fish production over time, people living close to the coast in almost all states and union territories report a decline in consumption. This paper also explores the role of trade in explaining the wedge between production and consumption.

This study is a part of the ongoing project, “Linking Coastal Zone Management to Ecosystem Services in India,” funded by National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management, Chennai. The authors would like to thank Pranab Mukhopadhyay, Goa University; Ramachandra Bhatta, College of Fisheries, Mangalore; Brinda Viswanathan, Madras School of Economics; and an anonymous referee for useful comments on earlier versions of this paper. The authors would also like to thank R Ramesh, Purvaja Ramachandran, and B R Subramanian for their constructive inputs.

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