Author Archives: Vardhan Patankar

About Vardhan Patankar

Email: vardhanpatankar@gmail.com

Tracking the trajectory of coral reefs in the Andaman Islands

An edited version of this article was first published in the Hornbill, Bombay Natural History Society Magazine, April-June, 42-45. Corals are some of the simplest, yet most complex organisms on the planet. Primitive, yet amazingly modern. Smaller than a size … Continue reading

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What makes a conference right: my views after attending IMCC 2018

I used to dislike large conservation conferences– the amount of plastic use, wastage of food and resources, carbon footprints of delegates who fly from different parts of the world in the name of conservation – all of it! In fact, … Continue reading

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Stop the illegal sale of coral products

When corals are threatened all over the world and are dying at an alarming rate, The Times of India is advertising calcium supplement called CORCAL, which is made from 100 % natural coral grains. A tagline of the product reads,  go ahead … Continue reading

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The hook-line-and-sinker of Andaman fisheries

 “Let your hook always be cast. Some fish will eat the bait and the free food will come your way”. This was a popular belief in the Andaman Islands until recently. However, these days, alas, one can’t be so sure … Continue reading

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Ghosts of the sea—lost nets that kill marine life

A by-product of fishing industry– lost or abandon nets also referred to as ghost nets are as deadly as their name implies. Drifting with highs and lows of the ocean currents, they often become tangled together with ropes, buoys and … Continue reading

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ISLAND ADVENTURES

Tanvi Vaidyanathan is a PhD Candidate at the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, UBC. Her PhD is on the conservation of incidentally caught marine organisms, using the case study of seahorses in India. When not in front of a … Continue reading

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Meet my new companion—Gulmohar

Gulmohar flowers announce the arrival of monsoon. Its bright red colours are a harbinger of good times. My harbinger of a good time has been my recently purchased bicycle. It is a kind of bike that is popularly known as a … Continue reading

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