This is a cross-disciplinary project, containing research, awareness building and policy advisory aspects to enable a structured and targeted approach to limit marine plastic pollution from fisheries and ocean related industries. This partnership contains participants from diverse disciplines to identify solutions, organize dialogue processes, and implement practical pilots for reducing plastic pollution from fisheries surrounding […]


Thanks to BBC இந்தியாவின் மிக முக்கிய கடல் வாழ் பல்லுயிர் பகுதியான மன்னார் வளைகுடாவில் 62 புதியவகை உயிரினங்கள் கண்டறியப்பட்டுள்ளன. தமிழகத்தின் தென்கிழக்கு கடல் பகுதியை மன்னார் வளைகுடா எனப்படுகிறது. ராமேஸ்வரம் முதல் கன்னியாகுமரி வரை மட்டுமின்றி இலங்கை வரையிலும் மன்னார் வளைகுடா பரந்து விரிந்துள்ளது. சுமார் 10 ஆயிரத்து 500 சதுர கிலோ மீட்டர் பரப்பளவில்; பாம்பன் முதல் தூத்துக்குடி வரை 21 தீவுகள் அமைந்து உள்ளன. இந்த மன்னார் வளைகுடா பகுதி […]


Thanks to BBC Vaan Island in India’s Gulf of Mannar has been rapidly disappearing into the Laccadive Sea. But a team of marine biologists is working to save it. Hundreds of fishing boats bob on the bright blue waters surrounding Vaan Island, a tiny strip of land between India and Sri Lanka. The island […]


The destructive fishing practices using gears like shore seine and different types of gill nets damage live natural coral colonies as well rehabilitated corals. Coral mortality and change of community structure is significant. Branching corals are most affected. SDMRI Reef Research Team involves in the manual removal of torn nets entangled with coral colonies in […]


The Third Global Coral Bleaching Event caused significant coral mortality in Gulf of Mannar, Southeastern India during 2016. Percentage of bleaching during April-June in Gulf of Mannar was 23.92±10.55%. Live coral cover was reduced to 22.69±9.07% during October 2016 from 38.86±10.2 during 2015 with a significant mortality of 16.17±8.46%. Fast growing coral growth forms including […]


A training workshop on coral health was conducted for the young reef researchers across India at Suganthi Devadason Marine Research Institute (SDMRI) during December 05 to 08, 2016. The training workshop was organized by SDMRI and internationally renowned coral disease experts, Dr Greta S Aeby, Univeristy of Hawaii, USA and Dr Thierry M Work, IUCN […]


Malvan Marine Sanctuary (MMS) in Maharashtra, along the Arabian sea coast has been bestowed with good amount of corals. Because of the elevated sea surface temperature, high intensity of coral bleaching (70.93±4.53%) was witnessed inside MMS during December 2015 which killed 8.38±0.91% of corals. Totally 11 genera of corals were found bleached which are Pavona, […]


Organized under the auspices of Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu By Suganthi Devadason Marine Research Institute (SDMRI) Venue: Bell Hotel, Tuticorin Date: 17.07.2014 Background Tuticorin is called as Pearl City because of its traditional pearl collection profession. Pearl and chank collection and trade in Tuticorin coast have started before the Christian era and […]


-First long term comprehensive study to develop appropriate management plan to protect the affected coral and seagrass areas in Gulf of Mannar and Palk Bay. The exotic seaweed, Kappaphycus alvarezii cultivation in the South Palk Bay has invaded over 2 coral reef areas in the Mandapam coast of Gulf of Mannar in a period […]


The Vaan Island is one of the 21 islands located at the southern tip of Gulf of Mananr Marine National Park (GOMMNP) and comes under Tuticorin group. This Island has been the most affected in the last 3 decades because of coral mining, which was completely halted in 2005. The fishing grounds outside the Tuticorin […]