VASCO: Goa State Biodiversity Board has prepared preservation and the Chicalim Biodiversity protection of marine biodiversity guidelines at Chicalim and Sancoale seabed. Soon these guidelines will be implemented, says GSBB.
Goa State Biodiversity Board chairman Pradip Sarmokadam said that the GSBB received some points which were sent to the board by the Chicalim and Sancoale biodiversity committee, which were meant for the protection of marine biodiversity of the Sancoale and Chicalim bay area.
He further said that the board studied the guidelines and verified them. These guidelines have been forwarded to the Fisheries department since the sea area comes into their ambit. Once they include their points, then these guidelines will be sent to the panchayats and will be implemented and gazetted,” Sarmokadam said.
When contacted Shamila Monteiro, Director of Fisheries department, Monteiro said that her department received the guidelines related to Chicalim bay marine biodiversity protection and preservation. The department has given their suggestions on these guidelines, and the same has been forwarded to the Goa State Biodiversity Board,” she added.
It may be recalled that the Chicalim Biodiversity Management Committee had demanded that the biodiversity protection and preservation guidelines by Goa State Biodiversity Board need to be gazetted and implemented.
Three months ago, Sancoale Biodiversity Management Committee and the Chicalim Biodiversity Management Committee both met and decided to protect the Chicalim and Sancoale Bay area from the people who do a rampant collection of clams, oysters and other marine species which needs preservation and protection.
During this meet, Chicalim BMC had shown interest in working together with the Sancoale BMC to protect and preserve the Chicalim and Sancoale Bay area by placing some guidelines for the visitors authorised by Goa State Biodiversity Board.