ResearchAsian Marine Conservation Association (AMCA)
Coast Of India
Coast of India – AMCA scientists, social scientists, members, and well-wishers time to time are engaged in carrying out research on various facets of Indian coasts- their living and non-living resources – based on which the coastal societies have been developed. Having failed to obtain any financial grant from any Union and State Governments, and/or any other national or international/intergovernmental funding agency(s) or sources. Dr. Anupam Ghosh started ‘Coast of India’ for the cause of India’s national interest having personally sponsored by him for ‘more than 20 years long project’. Coast of India already has accumulated many ‘real time’ contemporary data on sea -water characteristics, marine pollution, wave breaking and energy propagation, biogeochemistry of sediment-water systems, studying the coastal landforms,
diversity of coastal flora and phyto- & zooplankton. nature of a socio-economic system of the people and the status of coastal tourism on various coasts of India. The socio-economic status of the coastal people has particularly been brought under ‘Coast of India’ investigation in order to assess the combination of direct and indirect impacts of climatic change and the interactions between the coastal human society and the living & non-living components of the natural coastal ecosystems prevailing in the concerned coastal zones of India under varying degrees of the changing climate due to increase of CO2 concentration in the lower atmosphere and biosphere.
All researchers, scientists, social scientists, lawyers, and/or simple well-wishers and friends of Dr. Ghosh have done – and still have been doing, for over 2 decades, a gigantic job as a real ‘volunteer’ without taking any remuneration from AMCA or Dr. Ghosh. This is probably a ‘unique in the world’ situation prevailing in a non-governmental, non-profit making organization like AMCA. This has been possible because AMCA people strongly believe that they continue to contribute to the growth of the ecosystem and economic development of people and the ecosystem of the coast and island for sustainability, even in the rapidly changing climate which has the potential to change human life-support systems and well-being.
Coast of India Study Investigation on the capture and culture fisheries on various coasts of India
- Subhash De, Ruma Saha, Dilip Saha, and Shanta Ghosh are investigating the fisherwomen at Sagar Island, West Bengal, India -1990.
- Shanta Ghosh explains ‘sundry’ techniques of bivalves, by the local fisherwomen community, at the Bay of Bengal near Talsari Coast at Orissa, India, 1989.
- Measurement of the growth of Tiger Shrimp P. Monodon in the culture fishery at Chandipur, Orissa where AMCA people provided scientific consultancy for exportable shrimp fishery,1993.
- Dr. Anupam Ghosh and Udayan Sengupta campaign on the coastal resources and fish from the coastal water at the fishery village near Visakhapatnam Port, Andhra Pradesh, India- 2006-2007.
- Fish drying at the Vanakbara coast of DIU (union Territory administration) India, fishery village and fishing boats and deserted due to low capture of fishes from the Arabian Sea at Offshore DIU Coastalk Water-2009.
AMCA’s research on coastal water and sediment in relation to living resource management
1. Partho Bos, former Assistant Secretary, AMCA verifying data collected from the Balaramgari estuarine mouth near Chandipur In Orissa.
2. Coastal Management Scientist Dilip Kumar with his assistant investigating the beach component at the beach of Balaramgari estuarine near Chandipur, Orissa.
3. Senior AMCA member Ajay Bhattacharya assists Chief Scientist Anupam Ghosh in collecting data from the coastal site of Chandrabhaga beach in Orissa.
4. Mrs. Niyati Roy, professor of Geography, B.K. Girls’ College, is learned to measure the shoal water at the coast of Talsari, Orissa, during Coastal Research Management Course, Mrs. Roy is a life member of AMCA
5. Ruma Saha measures surface temp. Of coastal water at Digha beach, West Bengal, for her dissertation during Coastal Resource Management Course
Research Assistants measure the length of tiger shrimp taken from the shrimp culture pond at Chandipur, Orissa.
AMCA’s Annual Tour-on-Spot was not merely a leisure trip, but a Research-Survey which started in the International Year of Eco-tourism-2002), at Talsari, Orissa, India, December 2002, and continues.
- Every field of research needs well understanding before starting. Chief Scientist Anupam Ghosh describes the AMCA members on the “Values of Ecosystem Service to Coastal People’.
- Mr. Samarendra K. Ghosh, an Advocate, assists Dr. Ghosh in separating the petroleum oil fractions from Sea-water samples through a separating funnel.
- Identifying the oscillation in the prevailing wave system of a coast is important in determining the energy potential of a coast that helps in the assessment of both accretion and erosion of the shoreline in Talsari, Orissa.
- Dr. Ghosh’s demonstration in ocean oscillation is carefully watched by Samarendra Kumar Ghosh, Advocate.
Investigation on the Coastal Biodiversity at Bheemunipatnam (A.P.) Coast of Bay of Bengal
- Dr. Manik Bhattacharyya, AMCA-Scientist is studying the diversity of the algal community at Bheemunipatnam coastal water and on the coastal rock
- Dr. Manik Bhattacharyya motivates the local people of the Bheemunipatnam coastal area about the ecosystem services of the algal community in respect of primary production in the coastal/near-shore water of the Bay of Bengal.
- Dr. Bhattacharyya is instructing his assistants on how to study various algal communities ‘on rocky coast’ at the off Bheemunipatnam Coastal Zone, A. P.
Research Activities in Visakhapatnam and DIU during 2007-2008
- Anupam Ghosh, Subhash De & D S Reddy on examining the sub-surface temperature of sediment off Bheemli Coast.
- Discussion on the intrusion of coastal water into agriculture fields near Bheemli by Anupam Ghosh and Subhash De.
- Dr. Anupam Ghosh and Subhendu Patra measuring ph and temperature of water and sediment on the rocky and sandy coasts of Vizag.
- Pijush Debnath and Anupam Ghosh on slope gradient measurement at DIU
- Vineeta Ghosh, Shanta Ghosh, and U.S. Sreeramulu at Bheemli Coast near IMS-CCR.
General Activities of the Asian Marine Conservation Association during 2009
- Routine research on Marine Climate Change at Bheemli Coast.
- Prof. I. Nageswara Rao experiments on marine climate change Research at Visakhapatnam Coast and also in his Marine Chemistry Lab at the School of Chemistry, Andhra University. Dr. Rao is a Scientist Member of AMCA
- The Coast of the Worli Sea face at Mumbai has recently been reclaimed by Concrete Groins
- Many coasts of Mumbai Have been dumped by waste. This is a photo taken from the extension of Johu Beach in Mumbai.
- Moments of AMCA AGM 2009, held at Kolkata.
AMCA’s Research on Agriculture[ Extension, Farmer’s training, negative impact of pesticide application in the soil]
- Chief Scientist Anupam Ghosh is showing his assistant the exact location for collecting soil samples for determining the pesticides from an agricultural field in the Birbhum district of West Bengal.
- Sudip Kumar Sur, M.Phil. student of Dr. Anupam Ghosh examining the soil profile for sampling and testing.
- Dr. Ghosh is instructing on the soil testing in the temporary lab before showing the same among farmers.
- Dilip Kumar Saha is conducting the soil testing samples in the laboratory.
- Dr. Anupam Ghosh delivers a lecture before the farmers on the ill effects of using synthetic pesticides while Gram Panchayet member and Prof. Nabinananda Sen, of the Department of Business Management, University of Calcutta listen keenly.
- Sudip Kumar Sur, M. Phil. Student and Nagendra Mahato, Field Research Assistants showing farmers of soil testing while Samarendra Kumar Ghosh, Advocate, and others are watching with keen interest.
AMCA’s Research investigation on the Socio-Environmental Impact Assessment (SEIA) for Padma River Bank Erosion, District-Murshidabad, West Bengal, India.
- Various parts of the Padma River Bank in the District of Murshidabad. West Bengal, India, are high erosion-prone AMCA team comprising of Anupam Ghosh Manik Bhattacharyya and Dilip Kumar Saha worked on finding out the cause of Padma erosion and its socio-environmental impact assessment over the inhabiting people of the area. The work was very hard for them as the people initially did not allow them to work.
- By requesting Mr. Debabrata Thakur. of the CID Govt of West Bengal Alipore Bhabani Bhavan. Kolkata- 700027 and the Officer in Charge Bhagabangola Police Station Dr. Anupam Ghosh, was able to arrange police assistance at their research investigation locations.
- Being convinced by Dr. Bhattacharyya and having seen the life- risk taking investigation conducted by Anupam Ghosh and Dilip Kumar Saha, local people finally allowed them for their research investigation on the river bank erosion.