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Traditional Methods of Fish Processing by Fisher Tribes in Godavari River Basin, (MS) India
Chavan Shivaji*, Dudhmal Dilip, Kannewad Pandurang and Pathan Kalimullah

Aquatic Parasitology and Fisheries Research Laboratory, Department of Zoology, School of Life Sciences, Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University, Nanded- 431606, Maharashtra State, India

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Received: 24-08-2015,
Revised: 21-09-2015,
Accepted: 27-09-2015

Fishes are highly perishable food commodity due to high protein content, hence essential to sale for its immediate use or process and preserve.  Fishes are processed by drying, salting, smoke-treatment, freezing and deep freezing or freeze drying. Instead of high costs of processing and preservation the fisher tribes use age old, simplest, cost effective, easy operating and environment friendly traditional methods to remove scales and sun drying. Catch size of 10-12 cm. are de-scaled by three different traditional methods using river sand gravels as polishing material. De-scaled fishes were cut equally into two pieces through cleft of mouth from head to caudal fin and cleaned in river water, gutted and washed directly in river water and dried on iron metal wire or locally available fibre ropes by hanging.  Small sized thrash fish catch was beach dried without de-scaling and gutting. Dried fish are sold locally for Rs. 70-80/Kg. Fishes were not treated with salt was a speciality of processing. The traditional methods appears unhygienic with partial de-scaling, therefore, improvements in the method were suggested. Fisher communities stay for 3-4 months on the banks of river with simple, satisfactory and traditional ways of living. They use all natural resources from river basin for their daily needs.

Fish drying, fish processing, Godavari River, traditional.


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How to Cite this Article:
Chavan Shivaji, Dudhmal Dilip, Kannewad Pandurang and Pathan Kalimullah, 2015. Traditional Methods of Fish Processing by Fisher Tribes in Godavari River Basin, (MS) India. Science Research Reporter, 5(2):192-197.

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