SHABASHI: Study of Harmful Algal Blooms and other Aspects of Sardine Habitat around the Indian subcontinent (2015-2016)
- Screening of isolated cultures for their toxin potential and expansion of culture collection of harmful algal species
- HAB training course for Sri Lankan and Indian participants for establishment of common methodology for sampling and analysis, to be held in India in February – March 2015
- Time series of SPATT bag sample collection on a monthly basis at an extended set of stations along the East and West Coasts of India and off Sri Lanka
- Concurrent auxiliary data collection at SPATT bag sample collection sites, to include water samples for phytoplankton identification and HPLC pigments, relevant environmental variables (nutrients, oxygen, temperature) and possibly bio-optical measurements on an opportunistic basis.
- Carry out dinoflagellate cyst analysis from sediment samples at selected sites to study incidences of past blooms.
- Bio-optical characterization of cultured harmful algal species, with a view to evaluating the potential for distinguishing them from other phytoplankton by remote sensing, and comparison with field observations.
- Study the inter-annual variation in non-harmful algal species in the diet of sardines, a culturally and economically important exploited species in India.
- Carry out outreach activities to build awareness and literacy about Marine Science to the coastal communities in Indian states and Sri Lanka.
- Characterise the incidence of non-harmful phytoplankton blooms in Indian waters.
Study location / Sample sites
The study area is the coastal waters of India and Sri Lanka. Proposed sites for time series data collection are shown on the map below.