West Bengal fishermen held for fishing at turtle siteFebruary 8th, 2009 - 1:52 pm ICT by IANS
Bhubaneswar, Feb 8 (IANS) At least 10 fishermen from West Bengal were arrested for fishing in the prohibited area of a turtle nesting site in Orissa’s Kendrapada district, officials said Sunday.
Forest and coast guard personnel caught the fishermen when they were fishing within 20 km off the Gahirmatha sanctuary, some 174 km from here, Saturday evening, forest officer P.K. Behera told IANS.
The Gahirmatha sanctuary is one of the world’s largest turtle nesting sites, where 700,000 to 800,000 endangered Olive Ridley turtles nest every winter.
The two other turtle nesting sites in Orissa are the Devi river in Puri district and the Rushikulya river in Ganjam district.
The state government has banned all types of fishing within 20 km off the shore near the nesting site from Nov 1 to May 31 to protect the turtles.
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- Orissa sets up camps to protect nesting turtles - Oct 28, 2010
- 50,000 endangered turtles nest in Odisha's Rushikulya beach - Mar 01, 2012
- 60 dead turtles wash up on Orissa beach - Nov 25, 2009
- Eight Orissa men held for fishing at turtle nesting site - Nov 10, 2009
- Orissa bans fishing near turtle nesting sites - Nov 01, 2010
- 170,000 Olive Ridley turtles lay eggs in Orissa's Gahirmatha - Mar 06, 2010
- 10 held for fishing near turtle nesting site - Jan 08, 2011
- 15 held for fishing near famous turtle nesting site - Jan 25, 2010
- Five arrested for fishing in marine sanctuary - Feb 21, 2010
- Five arrested for fishing at turtle nesting site - Dec 14, 2009
- As rare Olive Ridleys mate, Orissa mounts vigil - Dec 21, 2010
- Turtle helps save its namesake species - Jun 06, 2012
- Olive Ridleys may delay mass nesting at Odisha beach - Feb 03, 2012
- Wildlife institute to monitor Olive Ridley Turtles in Orissa - Jun 09, 2010