Volume No. 5 Issue No.: 2 Page No.: 366-374 October-December 201

 

AN INVESTIGATION ON THE PHYTOPLANKTON AND ZOOPLANKTON ABUNDANCE AND DIVERSITY AT THE BALACLAVA MARINE PROTECTED AREA IN THE NORTH-WEST COAST OF MAURITIUS

 

Khishma Modoosoodun*, Chandani Appadoo1 and Sadasing Oocheetsing2

1. Department of Biosciences, Faculty of Science, University of Mauritius, Reduit (MAURITIUS)
2. Mauritius Oceanography Institute, France Centre, Quatre Bornes (MAURITIUS)

 

Received on : May 15, 2010

 

ABSTRACT

 

Planktons play a key role in coastal ecosystem as they are the main nutrient source for both coral and fish. In Marine Protected Area of Mauritius (MPA), studies on plankton are scarce. MPAs currently occupy less than 0.3% of the territorial waters of Mauritius. A survey was carried out from October 2009 to January 2010 at Balaclava Marine Protected Area to investigate the abundance and diversity of plankton communities. Plankton samples were collected by the use of standard 80 μm plankton net. Phytoplankton and zooplankton organisms were fixed separately using Lugols

 

Keywords : Phytoplanktons, Zooplanktons, Balaclava marine, Freshwater, Diversity

 

 

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