alexa Hydrobiology Of Vembanad Wetland On The South West Coast Of India And Its Sustainable Management For Livelihood Measures
ISSN: 2157-7587

Hydrology: Current Research
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3rd International Conference on Hydrology & Meteorology
September 15-16, 2014 Hyderabad International Convention Centre, India

S Bijoy Nandan, Asha C V, Retina I Cleetus and Suson P S
Accepted Abstracts: Hydrol Current Res
DOI: 10.4172/2157-7587.S1.015
Vembanad wetland system, a major Ramsar site on the West coast of India nurture high biological diversity providing a wide range of inter related environmental functions and socio-economic benefits. To regulate salinity intrusion into the Kuttanad agrarian system, the Thaneermukkom barrage was constructed in 1975 across the Vembanad estuarine system, transforming the water body into a fresh water zone on the south and a brackish water zone on the north, resulting in gross changes in physical, chemical and biological entity of the wetland system.The eco biological studies in Vembanad backwater from March 2011- February 2012 formed the basis of the present investigation. The average depth ranged from 1.27 to 7.5 m; temperature ranged between 25?C to 32.5?C. The ANOVA of water temperature showed an overall significance at 1% level (F=5.36). pH ranged between 5.94 to 10.02 that of dissolved oxygen showed a variation from 4.88 mg/l to 9.76 mg/l. Average annual salinity ranged from 0.9 ppt in St. 2 to 14.18 ppt in St. 10. An oligohaline condition prevailed in the southern stations (0.5-5ppt), whereas meso and polyhaline condition (5-18 ppt) prevailed in the northern stations. A significant seasonality in the nutrient cycling was observed in Vembanad estuarine system. Concentrations of nutrients viz. nitrite (0.03 to 5.53 μmol/l), nitrate (0.05 to 5.9 μmol/l) and ammonia (0.06 to 37.31 μmol/l) also varied significantly on a spatial scale. Maximum N/P ratio of 6.85 was observed during postmonsoon and minimum of 4.89 was observed during monsoon. During the study period, a nitrogen limiting condition was observed (N: P < 16) in Vembanad backwater. Compared to the northern zone, a higher N/P and Si/P ratio was always observed in the southern zone. Comparing the prebarrage phase, the dominance of Microcystis sp., Pediastrum sp., Leptocylindricus sp., Zygnema sp., Ulothrix sp., Oscillatoriasps. was observed in the southern part of the water body. In the southern zone, fresh water copepod, Heliodiaptomus cintus contributed maximum abundance (62%), whereas in northern zone, Acartia southwelli were the abundant group (36%). The annual fishery production indicated a declining trend with an annual landing of 4387.31t, of which 480.98t and 3906.33t was contributed by southern and northern zone of Vembanad respectively. From the 14 species of polychaete observed during the study period, only two species, Nemalycasis indica (80%), Dendronereis aestuarina (20%) were present in the southern sector of Vembanad. On a time scale basis, glaring changes were observed, on the ecology of the estuarine system, influencingthe regionaldynamics of planktonic, benthic and fishery structure. A more retrained and effective management of the resources and environmental quality is proposed for the long term conservation of the largest Ramsar site of Kerala.
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