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PTI Bhubaneshwar
Updated: 31-10-2018 10:18 IST

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

conservation rules.

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

fishing ban.

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

Odisha coast."

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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