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Turkish Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 2008, Vol 8, Num, 2     (Pages: 369-372)

Occurrence of live Octocorals in the Trawling Grounds of Veraval Coast of Gujarat, Arabian Sea

Usha Bhagirathan 1 ,S.K. Panda 1 ,V.R. Madhu 1 ,B. Meenakumari 1

1 Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, P.O. Matsyapuri, Cochin- 682 029, India Viewed : 3471 - Downloaded : 2668 The present paper communicates the first record of live octocorals in the sub-tidal region of Veraval. The four genera identified are Litophyton sp., Studeriotes sp., Juncella juncea (Pallas) and Subergorgia suberosa (Pallas). The presence of octocorals in the trawling ground with depth of 15-20 m justifies the need to carry out further studies on the impact of bottom trawling on the coral reef ecosystem. Keywords : Octocorals, Veraval, Gujarat, trawling