alexa An Urgent Need: Coastal Zone Management Plan to Recover Ridley Mass Nesting sites of Odisha

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An Urgent Need: Coastal Zone Management Plan to Recover Ridley Mass Nesting sites of Odisha

The Indian coasts fall within the tropics. Including the coast of Lakshadweep and Andaman and Nicobar Islands, the coastline of India measures about 7516.6 km, which is distributed among 9 coastal states and four Union Territories of which 4,210 sq. km is sand beach. Five of the seven species of sea turtles found worldwide are reported to occur in Odisha coastal waters. These are the Olive ridley (Lepidochelysolivacea), Green (Cheloniamydas), Hawksbill (Eretmochelysimbricata), Leatherback (Dermochelyscoriacea) and Loggerhead (Carettacaretta). Significant proportion of World’s olive ridley populations migrate from south east coast of Sri Lanka every winter to Odisha coastal waters for nesting on beaches in Odisha, as well as along other parts of East coast of Indian coast. Turtles of south and western Sri Lanka migrate toward the west coast of India and this was well studied by Wildlife Institute of India. Therefore, this study confirms there are at least two different populations of sea turtles that exploit Sri Lankan waters. One population moves towards Odisha coast (India) for mass nesting and another population moves towards Maldives and Lakshadweep Islands for sporadic nesting or foraging.   Read More

 
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