Status of Marine Mammal Research and Conservation in lndia

Vivekanandan, E and Rajagopalan, M (2011) Status of Marine Mammal Research and Conservation in lndia. In: Dr. S Jones Centenary Colloquium on 'Challenges in Marine Mammal Conservation & Research in the Indian Ocean', 26-27 August 2011, Kochi.


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    In India, earl~ere search on marine mammals was restricted mostly to opportunistic collection of information on strandings and beach-cast specimens. Organised research by government and non-government organisations on these charismatic and vulnerable/endangered animals was initiated approximately 15 years ago. In the last 15 years, data on sightings, species inventory, abundance estimates, DNA sequences and fisheries interaction have been collected. These researches have indicated the need for future enhanced research on these sentinel megafauna of the oceans. At present, all species of marine mammals in the Indian seas are placed under Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972. Capture, use and trade of marine mammals are punishable under the Act. However, marine mammal - fisheries interaction is a major cause for concern

    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Status; Marine Mammal; Conservation; lndia
    Subjects: Marine Fisheries > Conservation
    Marine Mammals
    Divisions: CMFRI-Kochi > Fishery Environment
    Subject Area > CMFRI > CMFRI-Kochi > Fishery Environment
    CMFRI-Kochi > Fishery Environment
    Subject Area > CMFRI-Kochi > Fishery Environment
    Depositing User: Arun Surendran
    Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2013 08:23
    Last Modified: 09 Sep 2015 15:54

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