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