CMPA Technical Report Series No. 06. The Ecological Baseline Assessment of the Palk Bay

The study conductes a ecological baseline survey for Palk Bay (off the Ramanathapuram coast) of the southern coastal state of Tamil Nadu. The work was based on the “Conceptual Framework for a Baseline Study on the Ecological Status of the Pilot Sites for the CMPA Project” by the Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology, Bremen, Germany, but contextualized for Palk Bay. The study explored water quality and sediment quality across the Palk Bays along specific transects; various habitats in the coastal ecosystem (focusing on mangroves, seagrass and corals); etc. It also delved into the issues and concerns of the booming aquaculture industry and the impact of the same on the ecology and dependent livelihoods.