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Journal of Ocean University of China

, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 91–96 | Cite as

Coral reef recovery status in south Andaman Islands after the bleaching event 2010

  • N. MarimuthuEmail author
  • J. Jerald Wilson
  • N. V. Vinithkumar
  • R. Kirubagaran
Article

Abstract

The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are one of the Union Territories of India, located in the eastern part of the Bay of Bengal. In 2010 summer, the increment in sea surface water temperature (up to 34°C) resulted in the bleaching of about 74% to 77% of corals in the South Andaman. During this event, coral species such as Acropora cerealis, A. humilis, Montipora sp., Favia pallida, Diploastrea sp., Goniopora sp. Fungia concinna, Gardineroseries sp., Porites sp., Favites abdita and Lobophyllia robusta were severely affected. This study is to assess the recovery status of the reef ecosystem by estimating the percentage of Live Coral cover, Bleached coral cover, Dead coral with algae, Rubble, Sandy flat, Algal assemblage and other associated organisms. The sedimentation rate (mg cm−2 d−1) and coral coverage (%) were assessed during this study period. The average sedimentation rate was ranged between 0.27 and 0.89 mg cm−2 d−1. The observed post bleaching recovery of coral cover was 21.1% at Port Blair Bay and 13.29% at Havelock Island. The mortality rate of coral cover due to this bleaching was estimated as 2.05% at Port Blair Bay and 9.82% at Havelock Island. Once the sea water temperature resumed back to the normal condition, most of the corals were found recovered.

Key words

coral reef coral recovery coral bleaching sea surface temperature 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • N. Marimuthu
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • J. Jerald Wilson
    • 1
  • N. V. Vinithkumar
    • 2
  • R. Kirubagaran
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Marine Biology, Faculty of Marine SciencesKing Abdulaziz UniversityJeddahKingdom of Saudi Arabia
  2. 2.Andaman and Nicobar Centre for Ocean Science and TechnologyNational Institute of Ocean Technology (Ministry of Earth Sciences, Govt. of India)DollygunjIndia
  3. 3.Marine BiotechnologyNational Institute of Ocean Technology (Ministry of Earth Sciences, Govt. of India)PallikaranaiIndia

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