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The Third Global Coral Bleaching Event caused significant coral mortality in Gulf of Mannar, Southeastern India during 2016. Percentage of bleaching during April-June in Gulf of Mannar was 23.92±10.55%. Live coral cover was reduced to 22.69±9.07% during October 2016 from 38.86±10.2 during 2015 with a significant mortality of 16.17±8.46%. Fast growing coral growth forms including […]

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A training workshop on coral health was conducted for the young reef researchers across India at Suganthi Devadason Marine Research Institute (SDMRI) during December 05 to 08, 2016. The training workshop was organized by SDMRI and internationally renowned coral disease experts, Dr Greta S Aeby, Univeristy of Hawaii, USA and Dr Thierry M Work, IUCN […]

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Malvan Marine Sanctuary (MMS) in Maharashtra, along the Arabian sea coast has been bestowed with good amount of corals. Because of the elevated sea surface temperature, high intensity of coral bleaching (70.93±4.53%) was witnessed inside MMS during December 2015 which killed 8.38±0.91% of corals. Totally 11 genera of corals were found bleached which are Pavona, […]

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Organized under the auspices of Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu By Suganthi Devadason Marine Research Institute (SDMRI) Venue: Bell Hotel, Tuticorin Date: 17.07.2014 Background Tuticorin is called as Pearl City because of its traditional pearl collection profession. Pearl and chank collection and trade in Tuticorin coast have started before the Christian era and […]

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-First long term comprehensive study to develop appropriate management plan to protect the affected coral and seagrass areas in Gulf of Mannar and Palk Bay. The exotic seaweed, Kappaphycus alvarezii cultivation in the South Palk Bay has invaded over 2 sq.km coral reef areas in the Mandapam coast of Gulf of Mannar in a period […]

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The Vaan Island is one of the 21 islands located at the southern tip of Gulf of Mananr Marine National Park (GOMMNP) and comes under Tuticorin group. This Island has been the most affected in the last 3 decades because of coral mining, which was completely halted in 2005. The fishing grounds outside the Tuticorin […]

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Erosion has been a serious threat to Vaan Island as it is shrinking in size over the years. The erosion on the Island is very obvious. As per the notification of the Gulf of Mananr Marine National Park (G.O.Ms.No.962, Forests and Fisheries, 10th September 1986), the Vaan Island was having 16 ha. of area cover. […]

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-First long term comprehensive study to develop appropriate management plan to protect the affected coral and seagrass areas in Gulf of Mannar and Palk Bay   The exotic seaweed, Kappaphycus alvarezii cultivation in the South Palk Bay has invaded over 2 sq.km coral reef areas in the Mandapam coast of Gulf of Mannar in a […]