Odisha Model for Olive Ridley Conservation proved Best

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October 26

Odisha Model for Olive Ridley Conservation

Odisha model in preservation and growth of Olive Ridley sea turtles has proved as the best practice. This was said by the experts in State High Power Committee on conservation of Olive Ridley held under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra last evening.

The scientists like Dr K. Sivkumar of Wild life Institute of India and  Dr Priyambada Mohanty ( Hejmadi)  said “Odisha has contributed significantly towards preservation and growth of this endangered species. Odisha model for conservation of the species has been applauded in international forums.

Chief Secretary Mahapatra directed the departments of forest and environment, fisheries and animal resource development, police, marine police, coast guard and  port authorities on Odisha coast to have concerted efforts at the ground level in conservation and nurturing of the Olive Ridley as a precious treasure of the nature.

CS said, “As we have earned more experience and State is investing large amount of money for the purpose, we must deliver best in saving this species for the world community”.

Suresh Mahapatra also directed to ensure strict enforcement of the conservation rules along the nesting coasts. The Coast Guard was requested to have real time intelligence sharing with the departments about any illegal fishing.

The institutions like DRDO, Dhamara Port, Gopalpur Port and Paradeep port authorities were requested to follow the black-out practices and light deeming to save turtles from possible delusion. They were  asked to provide necessary support for joint patrolling in the sea and berthing of the vessels.

Additional Chief Secretary Forest and Environment Dr Mona Sharma outlined the issues for discussion in the meeting held on digital mode from Lokseba Bhawan. Dr Sharma appraised that “four wildlife divisions of the State namely Bhadrak, Rajnagar, Puri and Berhampur are in readiness for conservation operations this year.

PCCF Wild life Dr Sashi Paul appraised that last year around 3.5 lakh turtles laid eggs in Gahiramatha coast. Thirty eight trawlers were seized and 202 persons were arrested. Mass nesting took place at Gahiramatha between 10 March  to 24  March.

 

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