Ecology, Environment and Conservation Paper

Vol.06, Issue 01, 2000; Page No.(1-12)

CORAL REEFS IN THE GULF OF MANNAR AND THE CONSERVATION STRATEGIES REQUIRED

A. K. Kumaraguru

Abstract

The present paper reports importance of Gulf of Mannar marine ecosystem in India; importance of corals and coral reefs. Disturbance and threats to these ecosystems due to pollution, coastal development, mining, tourism, blasting and other cultural purpuses is discussed in detail. Socioeconomic dimention of the problem and conservation measures are suggested.

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