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Post-tsunami scenario has changed ecological balance and hence, deep study must: FAO expert

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"Fish stocks, production and migration of biological creatures are some of the areas that required a complete research"



PROUD MOMENT: A. Priyadharsini, B.A. final year sociology student of Fatima College, receiving the first prize in elocution competition from P. Maruthamuthu, Vice-Chancellor, Madurai Kamaraj University, at the inauguration of a national commemorative conference on tsunami in the city on Tuesday. — Photo S. James.

MADURAI: "India is not exploiting its coastal strengths despite a huge potential, and a concerted effort is required to tap the potential of its marine system," M. N. Kutty, advisor to Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations, and a fisheries biologist, said here.

According to him, the post-tsunami scenario had changed the ecological balance and a deep study into the sea would throw light on fisheries and biological aspects.

Speaking at the inauguration of a national commemorative conference on tsunami organised by Madurai Kamaraj University on Tuesday, Prof. Kutty said fish stocks, production and migration of biological creatures were some of the areas that required a full study. He also said that it must be remembered that sea was not just the surface but the depths of it must be probed.

Stating that the tragic tsunami also gave an opportunity to together think about coastal security, he said the recent changes in eco-system had to be analysed and a biological impact must be found out.

Prof. Kutty pointed out that the rehabilitation of tsunami victims was done in an exemplary manner with everyone coming together-- governments, countries, United Nations, regional bodies, non-governmental organisations and people -- showing unity in responding well to the devastation.

The Vice-Chancellor, P. Maruthamuthu, said the university organised the four-day conference (till December 29) to look at ways of prevention and to find remedies for such a calamity.

He said tsunami was a result of nature's fury against mankind that tried to alter the ecological balance and was a lesson that "we should not go against nature."

The conference, steered by School of Energy, Environment and Natural Resources, has invited experts in fields of seismology, geology, oceanography, fishery biology, ecology, sociology as well as representatives from non-governmental organisations as speakers.

P. M. Ajmal Khan, a Syndicate member, and PR. Athappan, Dean, Industrial Consultancy, also spoke.

Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor distributed prizes to college students, who won in various competitions held to mark the conference.

P. Muthusubramanian, Head and Coordinator, School of Energy Sciences, welcomed the delegates. Samuel Paul Raj, organising secretary, proposed a vote of thanks.

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