Kripa, V and Prema, D and Jeyabaskaran, R and Khambadkar, L R and Nandakumar, A and Jenni, B and Valsala, K K and Anilkumar, P S and Sharma, Rakesh (2011) Critical marine habitat restoration programme - initiative on mangrove restoration in Kerala, India. Marine Fisheries Information Service (207). pp. 1-5.
Mangroves are unique habitats which function as nursery ground for several valuable species of finfishes and shellfishes and they play a vital role in supporting marine food chains, protecting coastal areas and in improving water quality. Mangroves in general have relatively high productivity and tend to create highly organic soil and also export organic matter to nearby marine environments. They are effective in stabilizing soils in intertidal areas. Some species of mangroves have been planted in the coastal areas as bio-protection shields to guard coastal households from wind and wave action. They provide shelter to several avian fauna which feed on its fruits and nest in the branches. Rare or endangered species of birds have also been documented in the mangroves.
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||marine habitat restoration programme; mangrove restoration in Kerala, India|
|Subjects:||Marine Ecosystems > Coral Reefs > Conservation
Marine Ecosystems > Mangroves
|Divisions:||CMFRI-Cochin > Fishery Environment|
|Depositing User:||Arun Surendran|
|Date Deposited:||07 Mar 2012 04:21|
|Last Modified:||09 Sep 2015 15:51|
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