Nature & Wildlife

‘Save the Turtle’ project launched


Kanyakumari District Forest Officer T. Ritto Cyriac on Sunday released Olive Ridley hatchlings on Kanyakumari beach.

The Forest Department has developed a turtle hatchery on Rajakamangalam beach. About 1,000 eggs were kept safely in the hatchery. Kanyakumari district has a coastline of 65 km dotted with 52 fishing villages.

Olive Ridley turtle used to nest on more than 30 beaches in the district, uninhabited by humans three decades ago. Owing to population explosion, human interference, construction of groynes, acceleration of fishing activities, use of the banned purse seine nets, explosion of trawlers with nets, severe pollution of seas, unplanned beach tourism and construction activities bordering on seas, Olive Ridley population has drastically dwindled.

Olive Ridley is classified as vulnerable according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and is listed in Appendix I of CITES and is included in Schedule I of the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972.

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