Seafoods of Kerala :Shrimp, cuttlefish, squid and
quite a few other fish from Kerala have found a large global market.
The land blessed with rich inshore fishing areas yield commercially
important varieties like oil sardines (mathi chala), mackerel (ayila),
prawn (chemmeen) and silver bellies (mullans).
With a 36,000 sq km marine water spread and 3600
sq km of inland water bodies comprising 44 rivers, lakes, estuaries,
backwaters, canals and fishfarms, Kerala is the largest fish landing
state in India. The land has a maximum marine resource potential
of one million tonnes annually.
Canned seafood from Kerala is a favourite in markets
like South East Asia, West Europe, Japan and the USA. Japan has
been for many years the single largest consumer of Kerala's marine
A third of the State's fish landing comes from
Kollam, especially Neendakara, an old sea port on the Arabian sea
coast. Kollam has 24 inland fishing villages. Moving towards central
Kerala, Alappuzha, popularly known as the Venice of the East, is
also a great contributor to the large fish harvest. Kochi, the Queen
of Arabian Sea, has a large concentration of seafood export companies.
Kasaragod with its 80 km long sea coast has several
fishlanding centres. Kannur district, also in northern Kerala, has
an 82 km coast line which offers vast potential for the fishing