Kendrapara, Nov 1 (LocalWire) Odisha government today clamped a seven-month-long ban on fishing activity along the 20 km stretch sea corridors from Dhamra coast to Rushikulya river mouth in view of the commencement of mass nesting of Olive Ridley sea turtles.
The ban is being clamped in accordance with Sections 2, 7 and 4 of Orissa Marine Fishing Regulation Act (OMFRA), 1982 and provisions of Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.
The ban that comes into force from today will remain effective till May 31, said officials of Bhitarkanika national park.
To ensure the safety of turtles, the prohibitiory orders are being strictly enforced.
The trawl operators have been cautioned not to venture into prohibited water zone.
Any act of trespass would invite punitive measures, added the officials.
The turtles perish either getting entangled in fishing nets or hit by trawls’ propellers.
So ban on movement of fishing crafts and trawls is imposed in the area as breeding season of turtles gets underway.
Each year, olive Ridley turtles in millions turn up for laying eggs during January-February in the world’s largest-known rookery of these species along the Gahirmatha beach.
Therefore, measures for safety of the marine animals are prioritized by forest department, the sources said.