Human impacts on Lakshadweep Atolls, India

Jeyabaskaran, R (2006) Human impacts on Lakshadweep Atolls, India. In: Proceedings of the 10th International Coral Reef Symposium, 2006, Kinawa, Japan.


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The Lakshadweep (Laccadive) islands are situated in the Arabian Sea about 225 to 450 km from the southwest coast of India. These islands situated 1 to 2 meters above mean sea level has a very thin lens of fresh water floating over the seawater. Almost all fresh water sources are contaminated due to seawater intrusion. The drinking water wells contain excessive nitrate concentration originating from septic tanks, other human wastes and fertilizers used in garden. All drinking water sources show positive bacterial (faecal coliform) count exceeding the normal level. Increasing population pressure (2600 people / km2) leading to the accumulation of more diseases in corals. The newly emerging disease Red Plague Syndrome is spreading very fast in these islands. The anthropogenic impacts on coral reefs are discussed in the paper in detail.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: human impacts; coral reefs; Lakshdweep atolls
Subjects: Marine Ecosystems > Coral Reefs
Divisions: CMFRI-Cochin > Marine Capture > Fishery Resource Assessment
Depositing User: Dr. V Mohan
Date Deposited: 23 Dec 2010 11:10
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2015 15:40

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