SUBJECT : Proposes eco-tourism activities at turtle nesting sites; Also looks to set up rescue and rehabilitation centres

Panjim, December 6, 2017: In a bid to protect and conserve marine turtles, the State government has proposed to promote eco-tourism activities in turtle nesting protected areas.

There are four protected turtle nesting sites along the beaches of Morjim and Mandrem in North Goa, and Agonda and Galjibag in the South. The turtle nesting sites are facing serious threats due to increasing tourism activities.

“Promoting eco-tourism activities in turtle nesting areas will help protect the sites, which are facing a threat,” sources said.

The government has drafted a proposal worth Rs 13.61 crore under the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) sponsored Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) Plan. The project will be executed over a period of five years.

The Goa Biodiversity Board (GBB) will undertake a detailed census of turtle hatchling in the State over the years and prepare a database.

The proposal also speaks of setting up of two modern turtle rescue and rehabilitation centres at Morjim and Agonda. “The research centers will undertake research on turtle mortalities offshore and poor hatchling and egg survival rate. The reasons will be identified and steps will be taken to improve the situation,” sources said.

The government will also take up capacity building on turtle management creating awareness amongst the local communities residing in the area.

Source: Herald Goa