Odisha imposes 7-month ban on fishing to protect Olive Ridley turtles

With the Olive Ridley sea turtles’ breeding season approaching, 0disha government agencies have imposed a ban from 01 November 2017 on sea fishing activity to protect the endangered marine animals. The seven-month ban on fishing activity was clamped along the stretch of Dhamra-Devi-Rushikulya river mouth, in view of commencement of the mass nesting.

Close to 26,000 traditional marine fishermen in coastal Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur districts are likely to be affected due to the ban, which would remain effective till May 31. The restriction is imposed in accordance with provisions of Orissa Marine Fishing Regulation Act (OMFRA), 1982 and provisions of Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.

To ensure safety of turtles, the prohibitory orders are being strictly enforced. The trawl operators have been cautioned not to venture into prohibited water zone. Any act of trespass will invite punitive measures. All the fishermen families under the alternate livelihood scheme have been covered under the scheme to compensate the community’s monetary loss due to prohibition.

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