Worry Lines

Environmental conservation groups say the Sethusamudram project, which is set to dredge a continuous navigable route through the Gulf of Mannar and the Palk Strait to link the Indian west coast with its east, can threaten both the fragile ecosystems in that area and the livelihood of those depending on it. Environmental conservation groups say the Sethusamudram project, which is set to dredge a continuous navigable route through the Gulf of Mannar and the Palk Strait to link the Indian west coast with its east, can threaten both the fragile ecosystems in that area and the livelihood of those depending on it. Environmentalists furious over the lack of transparency by both governments are calling for an independent review of the available Environment Impact assessment by a credible group.

Sea turtles are mostly found in shallow, coastal waters, bays and lagoons. Some even also venture into the open sea.

“The shallow waters between India and Sri Lanka is home to a wide variety of marine eco systems,” says Arjan Rajasuriya, Research Officer, NARA, the National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency.

The coral reefs, sea grass meadows and sea weeds in the Gulf of Mannar supports a variety of commercially important fish.

“It has been discovered that a large number of