Nagapattinam: Need for conserving Olive Ridleys

NAGAPATTINAM: An awareness seminar on the need to conserve Oliver Ridley Turtles for the fisherfolk was organised here jointly by the Forest Department and the Fisheries Department.

The two-day seminar held at Nagapattinam, Kodiakkarai and Sirkazhi aimed at exposing the fisherfolk to the need and methods of conservation of the Olive Ridleys. It focused on the threats posed to their survival and cooperation was sought from the fisherfolk.

The seminar also attempted to create an understanding on marine life prohibited under the Wildlife Protection Act 1972. Under the Wildlife Act, some species of fish, sharks, whales, turtles, mollusks were secured protection.

The seminar also saw participation from Tree Foundation, a Chennai-based non-profit organisation working towards Olive Ridley conservation along the Kancheepuram and Chennai coast.

The Forest Department had sought to emulate similar conservation activity here along the Nagapattinam coast, which supports the nesting habits of huge population of Olive Ridley turtles.

According to V. Thirunavukarasu, District Forest Officer, over 52 fisherfolk panchayatars, representatives and leaders participated in the awareness seminar.

T. Umakanthan, Assistant Director, Fisheries, Supraja Dharani, chairperson of Tree Foundation, an NGO, were present.


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