Status and changing trends of coral reefs in Lakshadweep archipelago after 1998 mass bleaching event – long term monitoring survey

Publication Date : 25/04/2016

Author(s) :

Idreesbabu K.K , S. Sureshkumar.

Volume/Issue :
Volume 2
Issue 4
(04 - 2016)

Abstract :

The status of coral health and trends of the coral reef of Lakshadweep islands were not known before the mass bleaching event of 1998. Moreover, the status of the coral reef of Lakshadweep Islands is restricted toqualitative descriptions. Quantitative description on the percentage cover and abundance of the coral species and the benthic substrate composition status of the Lakshadweep reefs are essential for the assessments of reef health and inevitable to create accurate baselines for long-term monitoring.As a preliminary attempt, the status of the coral reefs in 12 atolls of this Archipelago incorporating generic composition and percentage occurrence of different coral species and other benthic substrate types in different atolls have been documented. This baseline information will be of much importance to assess the effect of the natural and anthropogenic alterations in the coral reef ecosystem of these atolls in a long term perspective. Keywords- status; coral; health; trends; Lakshadweep; islands

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