Seabed Features in Trivandrum and Kanyakumari districts, South India.

Over the years of 2015 and 2016 FML documented the features and its biodiversity details of different seabed ecosystems in Kanyakumari, Trivandrum and Quilon districts in Tamilnadu and Kerala states, South India. It includes Near inshore rocky reefs, Deep sea rocky reefs (up to 43 meters), Platform reefs and Chulli reefs etc. All these areas are key biodiversity areas and breeding grounds of marine organisms. The main findings are

(a) Most of the near inshore ecosystems are threatened by human interventions like dredging, sand mining and unscientific breakwater constructions etc.

(b) Platform and Challi reefs destroyed by bottom trawlers. This is first time in the history of marine research in India these areas are visually documented.