Berhampur,October 26 (LocalWire) Accumulation of huge quantities of debris, at the river Rushikulya mouth due to the devastating floods aftermath the cyclone Titli, poised major hurdle for the mass nesting of endangered Olive Ridley turtle in the site in early next year.
Around seven-km stretch from Purunabandh to Gokharakuda, near river Rushikulya river mouth is one of the major mass nesting sites of the Olive Ridleys.
Huge quantities of straw, weeds, ranches of the broken trees and some other waste materials have piled up in the nesting sites. Presence of this debris will poise major hindrance for crawling into the beach of the Olive ridley in the rookery, said Rabindra Kumar Sahu of Rushikulya sea turtle protection committee.
“The forest department needs to take up a drive to clean the breach as early as possible to facilitate the visit of the sea turtles,” said A Simadri, a fisherman.
Several others have also expressed apprehension at the preparatory meeting for the protection and Conservation of Olive ridley turtles.
Several wildlife activities, representatives of community-based organizations, forest officials attended in the meeting here on Friday.
Regional chief conservator of forest (RCCF) Berhampur Suresh Pant presided the meeting.
Though an island was made near the river mouth due to the floods in the Rushikulya, it would not be a threat for the mass nesting of the turtles, said Ashish Kumar Behera, divisional forest officer (DFO) Berhampur
DFO said some of the deposited debris might be washed away to the sea in the tidal wave of the sea. Despite this natural phenomenon, several quantities of debris- the non-degradable materials like plastic and polythene might be laid deposit in the coast.
DFO also sought assistance for the protection and conservation of the sea turtles visit the area every year for mass nesting.
In 2018, a record number of over 4.45 lakh Olive ridley turtles laid eggs in the site, sources said.