India begins coral restoration in Gulf of Kachchh

News: The Zoological Survey of India (ZSI), with help from Gujarat’s forest department, is attempting for the first time a process to restore coral reefs using biorock or mineral accretion technology. Facts: About biorock or mineral accretion technology Biorock is the substance formed by electro-accumulation of minerals dissolved in seawater. The technology works by passing… Continue reading India begins coral restoration in Gulf of Kachchh

Palau is first country to ban ‘reef toxic’ sun cream

News: Palau has become the first country to ban sun cream that is harmful to corals and sea life. Facts: The ban covers chemicals such as oxybenzone and octinoxate used in sunscreen These chemicals are toxic to wildlife species such as corals, fish, and macroalgae. They can cause: o   corals to become more susceptible… Continue reading Palau is first country to ban ‘reef toxic’ sun cream

NCCR’s idea of using ‘plastic rocks’ to grow corals draws flak

The Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park authorities have rejected the National Centre for Coastal Research’s (NCCR) proposal of using the Gulf of Mannar region for field tests. NCCR had proposed dropping ‘melted plastic rocks or slabs’ on the seabed for growing coral reefs and address the problem of disposal of plastic waste. The proposal… Continue reading NCCR’s idea of using ‘plastic rocks’ to grow corals draws flak

Protected areas matter to bumphead parrotfish

According to a recent study,Coral cover protection along the existing protected marine areas in Andaman and Nicobar islands is necessary for the conservation of the Bumphead parrotfish,a species of fish.The findings suggested the necessity to ban night fishing for the species and to implement regulations regarding reef fishing. Bumphead parrotfish (Bolbometopon muricatum) is an important… Continue reading Protected areas matter to bumphead parrotfish

Oceans heating faster: study

Oceans heating faster: study News: According to a new study published in journal ‘Nature’, the scientists have noted that the global oceans may be absorbing up to 60 percent more heat since the 1990s than older estimates had found. Important Facts: New novel method in the study: Unlike earlier studies, which relied on tallying the… Continue reading Oceans heating faster: study