Forest Department undertakes steps to conserve this valuable eco-system
As part of its initiative to protect mangroves in the Gulf of Mannar national park division, the Forest Department is raising mangroves in 30 hectares of land in the existing mangrove blocks. Giving details, Mr M. Sundarakumar, Wildlife Warden, said there are 13 mangrove blocks in the Gulf of Mannar National Park division in the district. Twelve blocks are located in the east coast of Thondi and one in Tirupullani. The Gulf of Mannar National Park division has jurisdiction over coastal areas starting from Rameswaram to Tuticorin. In Ramanathapuram district the mangrove cover is to an extent of 556 hectares.
As part of the continuous programme to conserve mangroves and prevent its degradation, mangroves (Avicinnia and Officianalis species) would be raised in 15 hectares in Cuddalore and Sethanendal in Thondi and at Pazhayakayal and Punnakayal in Tuticorin district at a total cost of Rs 5 lakh, he said.
Stressing the need for ‘conservation and management of mangroves‘, he said mangroves are a valuable eco-system and a highly productive area for bio diversity and marine resources.
From a socio-economic point of view, mangroves were the nursery for fisheries and provided livelihood for local fishermen engaged in artisanal fisheries, Mr M. Sundarakumar said. Thanks to increased awareness among local fishermen on the need to protect mangroves, they have now refrained from cutting mangroves for firewood, he said. But greater awareness is needed and enforcement agencies were preventing activities such as salt production and sea farming in the vicinity of the mangroves, he added.
“Mangrove forests and estuaries are nurseries for a number of marine organisms, including shrimp, crab and other fish species,” he pointed out.
Forest Department is raising mangroves in 30 hectares of land in the existing mangrove blocks From a socio-economic point of view, mangroves were the nursery for fisheries
Forest Department is raising mangroves in 30 hectares of land in the existing mangrove blocks
From a socio-economic point of view, mangroves were the nursery for fisheries