Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Mar 18:
More than five thousand endangered Olive Ridley turtles have already laid eggs in the shore at Odisha’s Gahirmatha Marine Wildlife Sanctuary near Kendrapara on Thursday.
With the nesting season the turtles started nesting from the evening on March 16. In one day 5,000 turtles have laid down eggs in the sandy beach.
Thousands of Olive Ridley turtles have thronged the beaches along the Bay of Bengal at Nasi II.
After the nesting starting the bright lights surrounding the Nasi island in Gahirmatha has been switched off.
Forest department has tightened the security of the area. One range officer, deputy range officer,forester and 20 persons have been deputed to overlook the safety of the Olive Ridley.
The restriction has been imposed as per Odisha Marine Fishing Act (OMFA). Trawlers and fishermen have been directed not to fish within 20 km from coastline in the turtle nesting sites. Use of motor boats and mechanised trawlers for fishing within 5 km from the coast is prohibited.
To keep an eye on illegal fishing in the Gahirmatha marine wildlife sanctuary, three trawlers and three boats have been deputed.