Survey of Gastropod Populations at Diani and At Maundi Marine National Park, Kenya

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Yaninek J.S
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Shell collecting by dealers and tourists on the Kenya coast seriously threatens gastropods and the natural communities in which they live. Ray (1969) stated that shelling is the greatest reef destroying actor, depleting the rich resources of the Kenya coast at an accelerated rate. He found that three to five tons of shells were being removed from Shimoni every two weeks. Jones (1969) found the mollusc population in a poor state at Watamu. Knowles (1970) maintained that the shell population in Kenya faces a potentially dangerous situation as a result of collecting pressure. Ecological surveys of the marine national parks and unprotected areas are urgently needed to provide data necessary for management. This study compares gastropod populations of commercial value at protected and unprotected areas on the Kenya coast. The former are the fringing and North Reef areas in Mallndi Marine National Park; the latter is at Diani.
East African Agricultural And Forestry Journal, 31 (159), p. 1-10