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Marine turtles are declining throughout the world and all the species are on the verge of extinction due to reckless human activity. A number of reasons are pointed out by the global conservation groups for the alarming decline of turtles. Indian coastal habitat supports five species of marine turtles and ironically all the species face great threat over the years In India. Especially the East coast region of Tamilnadu the number of death spiraling up every year due to the use of gillnets by the fishermen. Moreover, overfishing leads to the decline of turtle species. Immediate conservation measures are need of the hour unless the Asian region will lose few more turtle species which will badly reflect on the declining marine biodiversity.
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Author(s): S SANDILYAN AND SVINOTH
Turtles, gillnet, East coast, Tamilnadu, physiology, cell and molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, biotechnology, bioinformatics, microbiology, immunology, parasitology