Staff Reporter

Plan of action to be reviewed

Tuticorin: A workshop on `Marine biodiversity conservation in the Gulf of Mannar,' organised by the Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Trust (GOMBRT) and the Suganthi Devadason Marine Research Institute (SDMRI) for various government stakeholders, began here on Wednesday.

Delivering the inaugural address, the Collector, R. Palaniyandi, reiterated the need for a concerted effort from the GOMBRT and other government agencies to conserve the biodiversity of the Gulf of Mannar (GoM) biosphere effectively.

He called upon the stakeholders to properly understand the coastal and marine biodiversity and the problems that engulf it, so that they could protect the opulent marine resources in both the GoM reserve, which spreads over 10,500 sq. km., and the GoM marine national park spreads on a 560 sq km area.

The Collector assured that the administration would review the plan of action prepared for the conservation of marine species periodically, so that lacunae in preservation methods could be addressed without any delay.

Awareness to be created

J.K. Patterson Edward, director of SDMRI, said it looked to be the need of the hour to strengthen the implementation of laws on wildlife protection and create an awareness among the coastal communities of the multifacets of the law.

"The coastal people should be convinced that the stringent implementation of laws would only help them immensely in their pursuit to earn their livelihood," he said.

Methods explained

N. Kaliaperumal, a retired Principal Scientist of the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, explained the methods of seaweed cultivation and the modus operandi for the transfer of technology of seaweed culture for rural development. Earlier, Mr. Palaniyandi released a training manual for the workshop by handing over the first copy to V.K. Malkani, Chief Conservator of Forests.

K. G. Anand Naik, Conservator of Forests (Virudhunagar circle) and V. Naganathan, Eco-Development Officer, GOMBRT, spoke.