PANAJI: Forest Minister Vishwajit Rane said that his department would make additional efforts to put Goa on India’s sea turtle map.
Rane said the Turtle conservation is being carried out at four turtle nesting beaches in Goa: Morjim and Mandrem in North Goa, Agonda and Galgibagh in South Goa.“Olive Ridley turtles are one of five marine turtles that visit these beaches and lay eggs from November to April. In an artificial turtle hatchery, the Forest Department protects and conserves these eggs.
Due to scientific management, 89 turtles nested this year, the most in recent years. Around 6500 (6523) young hatchlings have been successfully released. We will take additional steps to ensure the success of the turtle conservation programme,” he said.
He said in addition, more areas will be notified for Turtle conservation as part of our effort to place Goa on the country’s Sea Turtle map.