Bangaram is one of the few, virtually untouched and unspoiled, tropical island systems left on our planet. It presents a breathtaking experience when the vegetation looks brilliant colours than ever and the veil of rain adds a different hue to the beauty of lagoons and the blue seas beyond. The sudden bursts of torrential downpours which usually last for a short time, are always succeeded by bright sunshine.
During the dark, the algal blooms of bioluminescent plankton washed ashore makes the coral beach a magical minefield.
Bioluminescence refers to the process of visible light emission in living organisms such as the glow of a firefly. Bioluminescents are found throughout marine habitats like algal, fish, squid, shrimp and jellyfish. When there’s high levels of bioluminescence on the surface water, the sea appear uniformly glowing snow white. This ‘milky sea’ phenomenon is generated by marine species, mostly by bioluminescent algae and other luminescent creatures particularly common in the NW Indian Ocean at the time of the Southwest Monsoon Season.
Bangaram lies very close to Agatti and share one of the most beautiful lagoons in Lakshadweep. Three small islands of Thinnakara, Parali-I and Parali-II also lie close to Bangaram enclosed by the same atoll. Comfortable and safe beach tents are designed and made available to the tourists. The tents are built on the lagoon side/beachfront as an ideal shelter to enjoy the beauty of nature.
Fishery of lakshadweep
The lagoon, sand banks, open reefs and submerged banks forming part of the archipelago, are rich in marine life and mineral resources. They spread over an area of 4,200 Sq.Km. and have extended India's economic zone by about four lakh sq.Km. Till the begning of the IIIrd Plan, fishing was done with locally made wooden craft and traditional implements. With the emphasis on fisheries development during the IIIrd Plan and subsequent plan periods, the traditional and primitive methods of fishing which was laborious,time consuming and uneconomical have given way to modern mechanised fishing. In 1960, the total fishlanding a year was only about 600 tonnes. This has gradually gone up and in 1993-94 the fish landing was 9750 tonnes, a percapita fishlanding of 177 Kg.a year. The two boat building yards and eleven workshops in islands cater to the needs of fishermen. There are altogether 375 boats in operation in Lakshadweep. Tuna, the chicken of the sea is in plenty around Lakshadweep.
The fishermen largely go for tuna fishing (besides shark fishing). Fresh tuna caught is processed in the Canning Factory at Minicoy. Besides, the fishermen dry the tuna in the sun after cooking and smoking. The resultant product is known as 'Mas',which values on an average of Rs70 to 95 per Kg. Fish aggregating device known as 'Payaw" was introduced in Lakshadweep which increased the fish catch. Now the department is going for larger vessels like 38 foot and 55 foot boats for large scale exploitation of Tuna and Shark.
The Marine Aquarium and Museum at Kavaratti is a centre of tourist attraction. Different varieties of marine organism are reared in the acquarium.
The experimental pearl culture scheme set up inthe uninhabited island of Bangaram has shown potential. This centre had already produced Pearls during the year 1984-85
STAR FISH FACT.
Starfish or sea stars are star-shaped echinoderms belonging to the class Asteroidea. Common usage frequently finds these names being also applied to ophiuroids, which are correctly referred to as brittle stars or "basket stars". About 1,500 species of starfish occur on the seabed in all the world's oceans, from the tropics to frigid polar waters. They are found from the intertidal zone down to abyssal depths, 6,000 m (20,000 ft) below the surface.