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India is endowed with a rich marine biota all along its 8000 km coastline. The Indian Ocean is the repository of a diverse and rich source of flora and fauna that have not been explored systematically for their commercial use. Though the use of marine organisms such as sponges, corals, crabs, pearl oyster, edible oyster, conch (gastropods), fishes, turtles, sea cows have been used the Ayurveda and Sidda medicine and are mentioned in ancient Indian texts , the research to use marine products in modern medicine system was the logical step. The nationwide multi-centric project “Drugs From Sea” has been initiated in 1991 by the Department of Ocean Development (Ministry of Earth Sciences), New Delhi to address this area.

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