05 March 2016

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Conservation eludes Olive Ridley Turtles

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Decomposed carcasses spotted near the confluence point of river and Bay of Bengal

An unprecedented number of carcasses of Olive Ridley Turtles along the stretch of the Krishna Wildlife Sanctuary (KWL) in Krishna district speak about the pathetic state of their conservation by the forest and wildlife authorities.

The KWL has been one of the safest nesting sites for the Olive Ridley Turtles in the State.

Until this year, the forest authorities have initiated numerous measures, conserving the eggs and hatchlings during its breeding season that lasts till early summer.

Coastal belt

During a walk through the coastal belt near the confluence point of river Krishna into Bay of Bengal here in the Krishna district, one can see dead Olive Ridley Turtles.

Most of them were in a decomposed state.

The dead Olive Ridley Turtles were documented within the jurisdiction of the KWL near Eelachetladibba area during a field visit by this correspondent accompanied by Avanigadda forest range authorities and the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation on Tuesday. The International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red Data declared the Olive Ridley Turtle as ‘vulnerable’. Fishing nets, which were left by the boat operators on the beach, turned death traps for death of the Olive Ridley Turtles.

Fund crunch

The higher officials did not accept the proposal made by the Avanigadda officials to set up rookeries in the KWL, citing lack of funds.

“Higher officials communicated us about lack of availability of funds to initiate conservatory measures such as setting up the rookeries in the KWL this year. We did not collect eggs of Olive Ridley Turtles in the KWL this year,” Avanigadda Forest Range Officer,Ms. Subhadra told The Hindu . In 2014 nesting season alone, at least 27,000 Olive Ridley Turtles eggs were collected and conserved in the five rookeries set up at Jinkapalem, Sangameswaram, Lighthouse area and Eelachetladibba, a few safe beaches for nesting of Olive Ridley Turtles. Until last year, the Yanadi tribal persons were directly involved in collection of eggs and release of hatchlings, ensuring safe nesting environment for the Olive Ridley Turtles.

Death of turtles: vet varsity to take up study

06-3-2016

 

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An Olive Ridley Turtle which was sighted in the jurisdiction of the Krishna Wildlife Sanctuary.PHOTO: T. APPALA NAIDU

An Olive Ridley Turtle which was sighted in the jurisdiction of the Krishna Wildlife Sanctuary. PHOTO: T. APPALA NAIDU

 

 

Sri Venkateswara Veterinary University (SVVU) will take up a scientific study to find out reasons for the death of Olive Ridley Turtles along the Andhra Pradesh coast. Mass death of Olive Ridley Turtles has been reported across the Andhra Pradesh coast despite the forest authorities adopting the in situconservation method through rookeries.

Responding to a report – Conservation eludes Olive Ridley Turtles – carried out by The Hindu in these columns on Saturday, the varsity’s fisheries wing has expressed its keen interest in finding out the reasons that are leading to the death of Olive Ridley Turtles.

“Trapping in the fishing nets is not the only cause for the death of turtles along the Andhra Pradesh coast, including Krishna district. We seek support from the experts of the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), Kochi, to establish the scientific reasons for the turtles’ death,” SVVU Dean of Fisheries T.V. Ramana told The Hindu . Mr. Ramana said that the research would focus on whether the death of the turtles was due to any pollutant, disease or any disturbance to the life cycle of the turtles during the breeding season.

“Several marine water parameters will also provide us clues to identify any threat for the survival of the turtles in certain locations of the Bay of Bengal. Our study will broadly concentrate on ascertaining the scientific reasons for the death of turtles,” said Mr. Ramana. The university’s fisheries wing in support of Fisheries Polytechnic College at Bhavadevarapalli in Krishna district is planning to obtain permission from the wildlife authorities to collect the carcasses of the Olive Ridley Turtles in Krishna Wildlife Sanctuary and other places.

Preservation

“Since the Olive Ridley Turtle falls in the category of marine species, we are keen on preserving the turtle skeletons in our college at Bhavadevrapalli to use them for our academic purpose,” said Mr. Ramana.

Trapping in the fishing nets is not the only cause for the death of turtles along the Andhra Pradesh coast.

T.V. Ramana

Dean of Fisheries, SVVU

Grameena Vikas Samithi-TIRUPATI,India.