Seagrass production in Minicoy Atoll of Lakshadweep Archipelago

Kaladharan, P and Navas, K A and Kandan, S (1998) Seagrass production in Minicoy Atoll of Lakshadweep Archipelago. Indian Journal of Fisheries, 45 (1). pp. 79-83.

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Abstract

Minicoy lagoon harbours extensive beds oiThalassia hemprichii in apsociation with Syringodium isoetifolium, Halophila ovalis and Halodule uninervis. The total area occupied by seagrass flat ranges from 2.0 to 2.2 sq.km. Net primary production (NPP) of seagrass species varied from 5.0 gC/mVday (0.5 gC/kg (wet wt.)/day for Syringodium to 10 gC/m¥day (1.0 gC/kg (wet wt.)/day for Halodule. It was estimated that an impairement upto 50 % on the NPP of Thalassia plants was caused by the prolonged exposure of the beds to bright sunshine in the intertidal areas during ebb stage when compared to those Thalassia plants growing in the unexposed habitats. Wet biomass, density of seagrass species and their NPP potential on the community metabolism of the lagoon are discussed.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Seagrass; Minicoy Atoll; Lakshadweep
Subjects:Algae > Seaweed
Divisions:CMFRI-Cochin > Fishery Environment
ID Code:170
Deposited By:Dr. V Mohan
Deposited On:16 Mar 2010 16:29
Last Modified:16 Mar 2010 16:29

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