Ahead of imposing ban on
fishing in the state coastline for the annual mass nesting of
Olive Ridley Turtles, Odisha government has prepared an
action plan to ensure protection of the endangered species.
The ban on fishing within 20 km from the coast for the
protection of turtles will be imposed from November 1, 2018
till May 30, 2019. The action plan got nod of the high power
committee for protection and conservation of Olive Ridley
turtles held under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary A P
Padhi, an official said.
The ban will be imposed in the specified coast of the sea
comprising sea turtle congregation area and their buffer zones
in three river mouths like Dhamara river mouth, Devi river
mouth and Rusikulya river mouth.
While reviewing the preparedness, Padhi directed the
departments of fishery, forest and marine police to operate in
close coordination and ensure strict enforcement of the
The Coast Guard has been requested to have real-time
intelligence sharing with the departments about any illegal
The institutions like Integrated Test Range, DRDO, Dhamara
Port, Gopalpur Port and Paradip port authorities have been
requested to follow the black-out and light deeming practices
to save turtles from possible delusion, he said.
Keeping in view of the interest of the hundreds of
fishermen Padhi directed the departments concerned not to
cause unnecessary harassment to small traditional fishermen
without power boats.
The meeting also resolved to extend livelihood support
programmes to the fishermen during the ban period, the
official said adding that the committee proposed to enhance
the livelihood support assistance from Rs 5,000 to Rs 7,500 to
each fishermen family. It was also resolved to cover more
eligible fishermen during 2018-19 who suffer because of the
Berthing places will be set up at Barunei, Gupti,
Sasanapeta and Krushnapriyapur and Rajnagar for safe custody
of the seized vessels. There would be around 62 patrolling
camp including 57 on-shore and 5 off-shore camps. Each camp
will be provided with very high frequency communication
devices, mobile phones and required camping materials.
There will be regular communication and intelligence
sharing among coast guard, patrolling ship, and various camps
and marine police.
Armed police force will be deployed for patrolling and
enforcement activities. Collectors will depute magistrates to
remain in charge of armed police force placed at disposal of
The proposal for setting up a Sea Turtle Research Centre
was also discussed in the meeting. It was decided to set up
the centre near the Ghati Central Nursery in the Khalikote
forest range of Ganjam district.
The proposal for instituting a research fellowship on
Olive Ridley conservation was discussed in the meeting.
Presenting the updates in the meeting, PCCF, (Wildlife)
Sandeep Tripathy said, "during last year (2017-18) around
11.10 lakh Olive Ridley emerged from the sea to lay eggs along
Tripathy said because of better coordination mechanism
among the departments concerned like coast guard, naval wing,
ITR, fisheries & animal resource department, police, various
port authorities, community-based organisations and forest and
environment department, the sea turtle conservation and
protection operation was carried on successfully last year.
He said sporadic nesting activities of the turtles and
their mortality would be monitored through a web portal
"Soon after mass nesting, the rookeries will be fenced to
protect the nests and eggs. Patrolling along with watch and
ward activities will be further strengthened like previous
years," Tripathy said.
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