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Turkish Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 2008, Vol 8, Num, 1     (Pages: 61-63)

Economic Fish and Fisheries at Homa Lagoon

Süleyman Balik 1 ,Ali Ilhan 1 ,Esat T. Topkara 1

1 Ege University, Department of Hydrobiology, Fisheries Faculty, 35100, Bornova-Izmir, Turkey Viewed : 4079 - Downloaded : 2784 The fish and the present condition of fishing activities at Homa Lagoon, which is located in the northwest of the Gulf of Izmir, on the location of Çamaltı Saltpan and Izmir Bird Paradise and whose operation was transferred to the Faculty of Fisheries at Ege University in 1986, have been determined. Gilthead sea bream (Sparus aurata) and various types of mullet such as Flathead Mullet (Mugil cephalus), Thinlip Mullet (Liza ramada), Thicklip Grey Mullet (Mugil saliens) and Golden Grey Mullet (Mugil auratus) as well as Sole (Solea solea), Sea Bass (Dicentrarchus labrax) and Eel (Anguilla anguilla), fewer in amount, are caught.

The annual fisheries productivity of the lagoon, which has a total area of 1,824 ha, has varied between 3 to 65 tons since 1986. By means of the improvement activities carried out recently, the annual productivity has been 30 tons of fish and 70 kilograms of caviar on average. Keywords : Homa, Lagoon, fisheries