Journal of Coastal Conservation

, Volume 21, Issue 1, pp 23–34 | Cite as

Studies on survival and growth rate of transplanted Acroporidae in Gulf of Kachchh Marine National Park, India

  • J. S. Yogesh Kumar
  • Ch. Satyanarayana
  • K. Venkataraman
  • K. Chandra
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Abstract

Fragments of live colonies of scleractinian coral Acropora sp. and Montipora sp. under the family Acroporiidae were collected from Gulf of Mannar and transplanted in Pirotan, Narara and Mithapur reefs of Gulf of Kachchh Marine National Park. All the transplanted corals survived one complete season and it was observed that 87 nubbins out of the total 110 samples survived in Narara reef and 70 nubbins out of 102 samples stayed alive in Pirotan Island. Growth rate was measured for four months period, and it was found maximum in Narara reef, while minimum in Pirotan Island. The rate of sedimentation was higher during monsoon and low in winter season. Present study showed that species of Acropora and Montipora are suitable for transplantation in Gulf of Kachchh Marine National Park, Gujarat, India.

Key Words

Transplantation Acropora Montipora Marine National Park Gulf of Kachchh India 

Notes

Acknowledgments

Authors are grateful to Chief Wild Life Warden, Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park and also thank to Mr. R.D. Kamboj, Chief Conservator of Forests, Mr. M. M. Bhalodi, Deputy Conservator of Forests and Mr. B. H. Dave Assistant Conservator of Forests, Gulf of Kachchh Marine National Park for their immense support to conduct this study. Thanks are due to all project staff, in the Coral transplantation and restoration project, Zoological Survey of India, Jamnagar and thank to Dr. N. Marimuthu, Marine Scientist, GEC, Gujarat. The financial support provided by Integrated Coastal Zone Management project, State Project Management Unit, Gujarat and Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Government of India is duly acknowledged.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. S. Yogesh Kumar
    • 1
  • Ch. Satyanarayana
    • 1
  • K. Venkataraman
    • 2
  • K. Chandra
    • 1
  1. 1.Zoological Survey of IndiaKolkataIndia
  2. 2.National Centre for Sustainable Coastal EcosystemAnna University CampusChennaiIndia

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