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Goa’s turtles vs tourism: Both losing out?

In the tussle between sea turtle conservation and Goa’s beach tourism dollars, both appear to be getting the short shrift. 

While the nestings of the endangered Olive Ridley turtles have declined over the year in the face of the exponential growth in tourism, environmental concerns now threaten the future of Goan beach shacks, especially those on the turtle nesting sites. 

Beach shack operators are now worried that a petition before the National Green Tribunal (NGT) by a local NGO seeking proper conservation of Goa’s beaches could result in a ban on shacks on ecologically sensitive beaches, especially the sandy patches where Olive Ridleys crawl up once every year to lay eggs. 

Full report here Times of India


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