A comparative study on mesozooplankton abundance and diversity between a protected and an unprotected coastal area of Andaman Islands

A comparative study on mesozooplankton abundance and diversity between a protected and an unprotected coastal area of Andaman Islands
Honey U.K Pillai , K.V. Jayalakshmy, A. Biju, K.J Jayalakshmi, V.T. Paulinose, C. B. L.Devi, V. R. Nair, C. Revichandran, N.R. Menon, C. T. Achuthankutty, S.U. Panampunnayil (Indian Journal of Marine Sciences,- May 2014)
Abstract

The study was carried out to understand the variability in phytoplankton production (Chlorophyll a) and mesozooplankton diversity from two different shallow coastal regions of south Andaman viz. Port Blair Bay (PBB; the only real urban area among the islands) and Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park; a Marine Protected Area (MPA) at Wandoor. Seasonal sampling was carried out during the Northeast monsoon (NEM - November 2005), Intermonsoon (IM - April 2006) and Southwest monsoon (SWM - August 2006). Significant (P