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COMMONLY known as the sea cow, Dugong dugon fights for survival in Indian waters, especially near the Gulf of Mannar region. Their numbers have been dwindling due to an increase in fishing with banned equipment.

Kappaphycus Alvarezii is a source of livelihood in the Gulf of Mannar region, but with speculation that it might be bio-invasive, the onus lies with the Government of TamilNadu to strike the right balance.

Marine protected areas have put thousands of fishers out of business. It doesn

J. Praveen Paul Joseph

Nine types of diseases found in Gulf of Mannar

Black band disease found in a coral.

Tuticorin: Suganthi Devadason Marine Research Institute (SDMRI) here has been conducting a study on the prevalence of the coral diseases in the Gulf of Mannar (GoM) and Palk Bay since 2006. The study focuses on types and frequency of occurrence of coral diseases and the causes.

A workshop on marine protected areas in India suggested ways
to achieve livelihood-sensitive conservation and management of coastal and fisheries resources.

C. Jaishankar

RAMANATHAPURAM: The Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Reserve Trust (GOMBRT) has decided to implement schemes for improving the economy of farmers along the coast of Ramanathapuram and Tuticorin districts.

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RAMANATHAPURAM: The Wildlife Warden of the Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park S. Shenbagamoorthy has asked the managements of schools in coastal areas to take special interest to create awareness among students about the biodiversity of Gulf of Mannar.

The Sustainable Livelihoods Enhancement and Diversification (SLED) approach has been developed by Integrated Marine Management Ltd (IMM) through building on the lessons of past livelihoods research projects as well as worldwide experience in livelihood improvement and participatory development practice.

Campaigners against the Sethusamudram shipping channel project met at the Linnean Society here to formulate a combined response to the Indian government


The stones being sold are actually coral rocks, an official of the Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park says
RAM Sethu the mythical bridge which got embroiled in a controversy over the Sethusamudram Ship Channel Project is back in the news. This time for the trade of coral rocks considered to be a part of the holy structure.