Biological monitoring for conservation of marine living resources along the Indian coast - An uneasy experience

T.S.S. Rao, A.H. Parulekar

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Responses of marine biota project the actual effect of any change - environmental or anthropogenic - in the biosphere. Primary impact of any type of input is on living populations, as they integrate the combined effects of variegated stresses through changes and modifications. Such changes or shifts in the habitat, spatial distribution, relative abundance and production of biota, as observed from long term biological monitoring of the environment, realistically helps in the conservation of self-generating marine living resources. Some of the experiences in the biological monitoring of coral, coastal, estuarine and island ecosystem along the Indian coastline, are documented

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