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August 2014 TRINet Newsletter

 

Plastics in Crab Gills
 
Plastics are ubiquitous with most marine debris in the ocean composed of plastics. Larger pieces are visible but today’s concern is of microplastics. Recent research has found them lodged in gills of crabs and retained for many weeks.
 
Till recently, it was believed that microplastics entered the body of marine animals by ingestion. Filter feeders such as many kinds of shellfish take in water and sieve out the fine particles, usually plankton, and egest the filtered water. Now, studies have shown that animals such as crabs take up microplastics during respiration and retain them in their gills. The researchers are not yet clear why the microplastics stay for so long in the gills or what kind of damage they can cause.
 
And what is the impact along the food chain? Is the plastics cycle being completed when we, the producers of plastics, eat plastic contaminated crab and other seafood?  
 
 

Welcome to TRINet

TRINet has transitioned into "The Resource and Information Network: for the coast" from 1st April 2008. Three years after the Indian Ocean tsunami, TRINet's focus has changed from rehabilitation to long term development of the coastal zone. Specifically, TRINet's focus will be on providing information on coastal issues from the perspective of the coastal communities whose livelihoods depend extensively on access to coastal resources.

History: TRINet (originally Tsunami Rehabilitation Information Network), set up in March 2005 in the aftermath of the December 2004 tsunami, served both as a platform for deliberations on the rehab of the coastal communities affected by the tsunami, and as a provider of information on tsunami rehabilitation in the country.

TRINet and BEDROC

Building and Enabling Disaster Resilience of Coastal Communities (BEDROC) is the successor to the Nagapattinam NGO Co-ordination and Resource Centre (NCRC). Click on BEDROC to learn more about its activities and plans.

TRINet is now hosted within Bedroc and is part of Bedroc's Knowledge Centre.

TRINet's mailing address is c/o BEDROC, No. 5 Mettu Bungalow, New Beach Road, Kadambadi, Nagapattinam 611001

To contact us, please write to us at info.trinet@gmail.com

Videos

Dark Secret: Release of the Challenged Coast of India and discussion on the state of the coast. NDTV

Shifting SandsThis 10 minute film is on the significance and potential of coastal shoreline monitoring with local communities. At present shorelines monitoring is a centralised and fund intensive activity undertaken by the Central Government and its agencies. This film highlights the shortcomings within these methods, making a case for regular, field-based and community based monitoring activities.

 

Chronicles of OblivionThis 25 minute film highlights the challenges faced by women fishworkers in Orissa, in coping with conservation related challenges and economic and social marginalisation. It underscrores the need for a feminist engagement with development and conservation policies and interventions.  

Both films were made by Priyanjana Dutta

 India Endangered : Vanishing Coasts I: A film by NewsX

India Endangered - Vanishing Coasts -II

Mumbai Dying - I

Mumbai Dying-II

The Challenged Coast of India A report by NDTV on the release of the report and website at the CBD - COP11 on 10th October, 2012 at Hyderabad, India