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Coastal and Marine Ecology

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Coastal and Marine Ecology

Gujarat with its longest coastline and immense coastal natural resources provided ample opportunities for coastal and marine studies. Ever since its inception in 1998 Coastal and Marine division of GUIDE is engaged in conducting research in three different thrust areas such as coastal monitoring, mangrove restoration ecology marine impact assessment studies. Gulf of Kachchh with all its physical, chemical and biological characteristics and witnessing aggressive coastal industrialization requires a sustained effort to monitor coastal environment. Coastal monitoring programs of this division assist many coastal industries to gain an insight into their coastal environment and enable them to take appropriate remedial measures. This, while enabling the industries to conform the legal mandate, also assist them to maintain their coastal environmental integrity.Similarly, mangrove restoration efforts with important coastal stakeholders such as industries and coastal resource dependent communities has paved way for restoring/replanting mangrove ecosystems in an area of 5000 ha. Vital technical services with respect to mangrove restoration/plantation are being provided to industries and other interested parties who venture to plant mangroves. As a part of restoration efforts, assessment of mangrove plantation and natural mangrove stands are also being carried out which come out with valuable management and conservation solutions for many coastal industries. With scientific personnel recognized by Quality Council of India (NABET) coastal and marine division is also engaged in carrying out coastal EIA studies for ports, harbours and jetties. Practical management suggestions are being given to ports and harbours with respect to conserving coastal resources in their vicinity and mitigate the industrial impact on these resources. Many coastal resource centred livelihood promotion efforts such as seaweed cultivation for fishermen livelihood opportunities is also being undertaken by the division. Overall, the division strives to take fruits of coastal and marine science research to a broad spectrum of coastal industries and community through its services.

Contact Details
Dr.G.A.Thivakaran
Chief Principal Scientist & Head
Coastal and Marine Ecology Division
Gujarat Institute of Desert Ecology
PB#83, Mundra Road
Bhuj- 370 001 (Kachchh), Gujarat (India)
Ph- (O)-02832-329408; 290334; Mobile- 09537857200, 09427438803;
E-mail: athivakaran028@gmail.com, desert_ecology@yahoo.com