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'Operation Kachhapa’; Conservation of the Olive Ridley Sea Turtle

The State of Orissa on India’s eastern coast witnesses a spectacular natural phenomenon - the arribada or mass nesting of hundreds of thousands of Olive Ridley sea turtles. The turtles first congregate off shore to mate. Then, on a few moonlit nights during December to March, thousands of females land on the beach to lay eggs and then return to the sea.

Unfortunately, on the Orissa coast, about 16,000 fishing boats operate during the winter season. Some 8,000 of these boats are large mechanised fishing trawlers and gill-netters that flout laws prohibiting mechanised fishing within five kilometres of the shoreline. Turtles are injured by the boats’ propellers and slaughtered in the fishing nets - a staggering total of 100,000 dead turtles have been washed ashore in the past decade, almost all of them breeding adults.

“It is a tragedy with irreversible implications. No species can survive such high mortality of its breeding populations” says Belinda Wright.

WPSI launched Operation Kachhapa in September 1998 to try to stem the slaughter. Our objective is to reduce turtle mortality and try to safeguard the future of the species by concentrating on three main activities:

  • To improve patrolling of non-fishing zones and the protection of nesting sites.
  • To support legal action on turtle conservation and fishing law violations.
  • To build public support and awareness of sea turtle conservation issues.
In collaboration with the Orissa State Forest Department and the Wildlife Society of Orissa and other local NGOs, programme activities have included:
  • Providing the State enforcement authorities with sea-going patrol boats, that have seized hundreds of trawling and gill-netting vessels;
  • Organising field camps to protect and monitor turtle movements;
  • Carrying out sea turtle mortality counts;
  • Providing legal support to:
    • Protect the sea turtles and their habitat
    • Restrict illegal mechanised fishing
    • Encourage trawlers to use mandatory turtle excluder devices (TEDs);
  • Organising multi-language awareness programmes;
  • Setting up a Turtle Interpretation Centre in Bhubaneshwar, Orissa's capital, to help spread awareness of the need for conservation activities;
  • Providing logistical support to the UNDP Turtle Project.

A special turtle song was composed in Oriya, Orissa's local language, so that traditional methods of communication such as song, dance and story telling could be used in the awareness programme. Two wandering minstrels have performed the song in over 160 villages.

Operation Kachhapa has had a significant impact on the number of sea turtle deaths and public awareness of the problem. But construction activity along the coast is relentless and sadly thousands of turtles still die every year from the the illegal fishing boats that ply off the coast of Orissa. The future of the Olive Ridley sea turtle is still a matter of great concern.



 

 

 

 

 

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