Turtle Conservation

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A three-member panel constituted by the Orissa High Court made a field trip to the Gahirmatha marine sanctuary here and assessed the measures taken for the conservation of endangered olive ridley sea turtles.

  • The panel, comprising wildlife and environment activist Kartik Shankar, Director (Environment) Sushant Nanda and advocate Mohit Agarwal, made an on-the-spot assessment of the conservation measures at Gahirmatha nesting ground, they said.
  • The experts panel interacted with the officials of the Forest, Fisheries and other departments besides marine fishermen and other stakeholders.
  • The action followed a report on an online environment magazine which said 800 olive ridley turtles have died due to negligence of the States Forest and Fisheries department.
  • The court took suo motu cognisance of the report, constituted the panel and asked it to submit a report on the conservation of sea turtles in Gahirmatha marine sanctuary.
  • The olive ridley turtles turn up in millions for mass nesting along the Odisha coast every year.
  • Gahirmatha beach off Bay of Bengal coast in Kendrapara district is acclaimed as the world’s largest nesting ground of these turtles.

Source : The Hindu

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