Seaweeds: Characteristics, Habitat and Uses

Characteristics (India Specific Status and Impact)

  • India's Rich Biodiversity and Coastal Assets: India stands among the world's 12 mega-biodiversity nations and boasts an extensive 2.17 million km2 Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
  • Abundant Seaweed Resources: The diverse coastal environments along India's coastline foster the thriving growth of various seaweed species, contributing significantly to the nation's economy.
  • Coastal Diversity and Seaweed Abundance: With a 7,500 km coastline, India hosts a staggering 844 distinct seaweed types. Notably, Gujarat's West Coast offers substantial resources in the intertidal and subtidal zones, highlighting the potential for seaweed-based industries.
  • Seaweed Enclaves: Enriched with seaweed beds, regions like Lakshadweep, Andaman ....
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