Sites over 35 ha to see coral reef restoration | Bombay News


MUMBAI: With the growing threat of rising sea surface temperatures and the danger of coral reefs disappearing in various ecologically vulnerable locations along the Indian coast, Maharashtra has decided to identify coral restoration sites on 35 acres along the state’s coastline.
On Wednesday, the Maharashtra State Mangrove Cell signed an agreement with the Center for Scientific and Industrial Research-National Institute of Oceanography (CSIR-NIO) to conduct a baseline survey to identify potential coral restoration sites along the coast of Maharashtra.
This study is being conducted under the Government of India – United Nations Development Program – Green Climate Fund project titled “Enhancing Climate Resilience of India’s Coastal Community”.
“The year-long project will identify and record stressed coral areas, highlight causes that stress the ecosystem, and work to reduce stressors. It will also seek sites for coral restoration in subtidal regions as well as potential donor sites for restoration purposes,” said Virendra Tiwari, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests.
Dr Ruchi Pant, head of climate change, resilience, biodiversity and chemicals management, United Nations Development Programme, said Maharashtra would serve as a case study for similar efforts in other countries. other parts of the country.
Corals are carnivorous marine invertebrates that attach themselves to rocky intertidal areas or the ocean floor and devour zooplankton in addition to the algae that live there. They enjoy the same degree of protection as tigers and elephants under the Wildlife Protection Act 1972.
Rising water temperatures, due to global warming, cause corals to bleach or bleach, eventually causing reefs to disintegrate.
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