Tuesday March 26, 2019
Home India Odisha issues...

Odisha issues 7-month Ban on Fishing to Protect Endangered Olive Ridley Sea Turtles

The restriction has been imposed as per Odisha Marine Fishing Act (OMFA)

2
//
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle, Wikimedia Commons

BHUBANESWAR, November 1, 2016: In order to protect the endangered Olive Ridley sea turtles that arrive during winters for nesting, the Odisha forest department on Sunday imposed a seven-month ban on fishing along the coast, an official said.

The ban will be in force from November 1 to May 31, 2016. The endangered Olive Ridley turtles arrive every year during winters for mass nesting in Rushikulya river mouth and Gahirmatha marine sanctuary, said a forest official.

NewsGram brings to you latest new stories in India.

The restriction has been imposed as per Odisha Marine Fishing Act (OMFA).

“Trawlers and fishermen have been directed not to fish within 20 km off the coastline in the turtle nesting sites. Use of motor boats and mechanised trawlers for fishing within 5 km from the coast between Astarang and Baliharchandi in Puri district has been prohibited,” said Puri divisional forest officer (DFO) Chittaranjan Mishra.

Go to NewsGram and check out news related to political current issues.

He said patrolling would be carried out along the coastline while action would be taken against the violators under the Odisha Marine Fishing Act (OMFA).

Over half a million Olive Ridley turtles arrive and congregate in the shallow coastal water of the Bay of Bengal in November and climb ashore for nesting between December and March. Most hatchlings emerge by May.

The state has three nesting sites – Gahirmatha beach in Kendrapada district, Devi river mouth in Puri district, and Rushikulya river mouth in Ganjam district.
Look for latest news from India in NewsGram.

The Gahirmatha turtle sanctuary is one of the world’s largest turtle nesting sites.

To protect the endangered species, on-shore camps have been set up at 13 places including Devi mouth, Devinasi, Daluakani, Chandrabhaga and Ramachandi, said sources.

Besides, four temporary incubation centres have also been set up to keep the eggs safe. (IANS)

  • Ruchika Kumari

    Much needed

  • Shivam Thaker

    I wonder how is this going to effect the livelihoods of the fishermen…

Next Story

Critically Endangered Pacific Northwest Orcas Welcome New Born Calf

One whale drew international attention when she carried her dead calf on her head for 17 days last summer. 

0
Orcas
This September 2015 photo from NOAA Fisheries shows an adult female orca and her calf, in Washington state's Puget Sound. Researchers reported Jan. 11, 2019, that there's a new calf among killer whales that live in the waters between Washington state and Canada. VOA

Researchers say there’s a new calf among the population of critically endangered killer whales that live in the waters between Washington state and Canada.

Ken Balcomb, founding director of the Center for Whale Research, told The Seattle Times that staff first saw the calf Friday at the eastern end of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

He said the youngster looks healthy, but survival rates for baby orcas are only about 50 percent.

Pilot whales
Orca

The whales have been starving amid a dearth of salmon. Vessel noise and pollution have complicated their plight. No calf born in the last three years has survived.

Also Read: Rescue Efforts For Wild Puerto Rican Parrot In Motion

One whale drew international attention when she carried her dead calf on her head for 17 days last summer.
Two other orcas are known to be sick, and researchers fear they could die within months. (VOA)