Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India

Volume 53 Issue 2
Phytoplankton in polluted waters of the Red Sea coast of Yemen
Akram Alkershi and N. Nandini Menon. doi: 10.6024/jmbai.2011.53.2.01630-01
Surface water samples were collected in March 2009 from five selected stations (between 14° 46.851′ to 15° 26.851′ N and 42° 54.850′ to 42° 57.138′ E) in the coastal waters of the Yemeni Red Sea. The coastal waters of Al-Hodeidah is highly polluted and eutrophicated causing regular blooms of the dinoflagellate Noctiluca miliaris. The effect of pollution was reflected on phytoplankton abundance and species diversity in the sewage-fed area, north of Al-Hodeidah. The non-polluted coastal waters off Al-Saleef supported rich phytoplankton coupled with high species diversity and richness. No signs of temperature-influenced floral disturbance were noticed in the coastal waters which received thermal effluents from a steam power station at Ras Al-Katheeb.
Microalgae, blooms, pollution, species diversity
Date : 09-02-2012