Officials expect survival rate of more than 90 per cent

Marine litter pollution is common all around the marine and coastal environments. This can affect the normal life of marine fauna as entanglement, over growth of sessile organisms, consumption of micro litters as food particles etc. In the Gulf of Mannar, India, the redundant growth of sponges around the anthropogenic wastes such as fishing lines (nylon rope) and e-waste (Computer RAM) has been reported in August 2014.

With Lok Sabha elections months away, Tamil Nadu's AIADMK government has moved the Supreme Court seeking scrapping of the Rs 25,000 crore Sethusamudram shipping channel project saying it would kill


Dugong dugon (dugongs) is probably one of the few living marine mammals surviving in pockets around the Indian Ocean to the western part of the Pacific Ocean. These marine mammals are herbivores which spend their full life in the sea. They are the only extant species of the family Dugongidae. (Correspondence)

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A recent study taken up by a team of researchers from the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI), Chennai, brought to light the serious threat of extinction the coral reef colonies and mangrove forests in the Palk Bay are facing. At present, only two per cent of the coral reefs survive in the area.

Global warming, siltation, release of untreated raw sewage into the water bodies and overgrowth of algae were stated to be the three important reasons for the possible disappearance of coral colonies and its associated organisms from the Palk Bay area.

The State Government will be taking over the Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Reserve Trust from January 1, 2013.

Petitions challenge TNPCB and AERB orders

The Madras High Court on Thursday ordered notice to the Central government on two new writ petitions against the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP) — one seeking to quash a Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB)’s order of July 23 prescribing the tolerance limit of the project’s trade effluent and the other seeking to declare the AERB’s clearance for Initial Fuel Loading (IFL) as null and void.

A two-day workshop, titled “Fishery-dependent Livelihoods, Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity: The Case of Marine and Coastal Protected Areas in India”, was held in New Delhi during 1-2 March 2012. The workshop was a follow-up to the one held in Chennai in 2009, which was titled “Social Dimensions of Marine Protected Area (MPA) Implementation in India: Do Fishing Communities Benefit?”.

Will the protests against the Koodankulam project force the government to pause and rethink its nuclear power plans? (Editorial)