Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India

Volume 40 Issue 1&2

Potential productivity of microbenthic algae in Cochin estuary.

K.K. Sivadasan and K.J. Joseph
Abstract

Potential productivity of the benthic microalgae in Cochin estuary and their productivity potential in terms of chlorophyll a were assessed. Ihe studies concentrated at 5 representative stations for a period of one year recorded the average potential productivity of 57.81 mgc/m2/hr. Based on the ratio of biomass and productivity, the annual potential production of benthic microalgae with an effective shallow area of 22.5 km2 in the estuary is estimated to be 400,000 tonnes of carbon. 

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Date : 30-12-1998