Fisheries not only contribute to nutritional security but also provide employment and livelihood to millions of people.
The different segments of fisheries marine capture fisheries, mariculture, coastal aquaculture, inland capture fisheries, freshwater aquaculture, coldwater fisheries and aquaculture, fish processing and post-harvest technology and trade have evolved over the years, assimilating traditional know-how and practices along with scientific innovations and technologies during the past five decades. The fast developments in integration with other farming systems as well as diversification in terms of ornamental fish culture, sports fisheries, aqua-tourism etc. are spectacular.
Thus, in the first edition of the Handbook of Fisheries and Aquaculture, an effort has been made to document present status, developments and future possibilities in different segments. While major fisheries in terms of resources including inland fisheries have been presented, emphasis has also been laid on different culture systems in marine, brackish and freshwater environments.
Through 44 chapters, a comprehensive information about all areas of fisheries and aquaculture has been provided in this Handbook, which would be useful to students, researchers, planners, farmers and all stakeholders in fisheries and aquaculture.