The Tamil Nadu government on Tuesday banned fishing using `any kind of vessels’ within five nautical miles of potential nesting and breeding sites of sea turtles in coastal areas, under the Tamil Nadu Marine Fishing Regulation Act 1983.
The locations were identified by the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute and the forest department in the districts of Chennai, Kancheepuram, Villupuram, Cuddalore, Nagapattinam, Ramanathapuram, Tuticorin and Kanyakumari in the state. The ban will be from January 1 to April 30 every year, the gazette notification said.
Welcoming the move, Shekar Dattatri of Conservation India said, “The gazette notification prohibiting fishing by any vessels within a radius of 5 nautical miles of potential sea turtle nesting and breeding sites along the coast is a move in the right direction. It will surely help reduce fishing and associated sea turtle mortalities. The ban will be in place from January 1 to April 30 every year, which is not adequate. Olive ridley turtles start migrating in large numbers from the Tamil Nadu coast towards Odisha as early as October and the prohibition should start by midOctober every year, rather than in January. Also, the government has specified 90 `potential nesting and breeding sites’ in TN, when, in fact, the entire coast is populated with turtles from October till April. These factors need to be taken into account,“ he said.
dinathanthi newspaper 02/10/2016 : http://www.dinathanthiepaper.in/firstpage.aspx