India, October 14, 2014: The Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park in Ramanathapuram distric of Tamil Nadu has launched a mega project of mapping the existing and potential sea turtle nesting sites on its 271-km-long coastline.
Using Global Positioning System, the survey is being done from Sundarapandiya Pattinam near Thondi to Vembar near Sayalkudi. Tuticorin-based Suganthi Davadason Marine Research Institute (SDMRI) has been assigned to undertake the survey. The task has been undertaken under the Tamil Nadu Biodiversity Conservation and Greening Project.
Wildlife Warden Deepak S. Bilgi of this conservation and greening project said "“The turtle nesting site map would be overlaid on the district map for an integrated action plan to be made with the district administration to protect and manage the coastline for better conservation of marine biodiversity."
The study attempts to identify all sandy beaches and shoreline along the mainland coast that are capable of catering to nesting of sea turtles. Four of the five species of Olive Ridley, Green Turtle, Leather Back Turtle, Hawksbill Turtle and Loggerhead Turtle have often been sighted in the Gulf of Mannar region.
Source: The Hindu