Marine Fishermen Arrested From Gahirmatha Sanctuary

Kendrapara : In the latest interception on illegal fishing, forest personnel have taken into custody eight sea-going fishermen for sneaking into the prohibited the Gahirmatha marine sanctuary.

The fishing trawl used by the intruders for fishing voyage in the marine sanctuary area was seized by the patrolling unit engaged by forest department near Satabhaya coast. Nearly one quintals sea fish catch was seized from the impounded vessel.

Prohibition on sea fishing remains enforced round the year within the marine sanctuary limits. However sea patrolling is stepped up within the Gahirmathamarine sanctuary water territory during November-May every year in view of the annual mass nesting season of endangered Olive Ridley sea turtles.

The arrested fishermen are natives of a fishing village of Kendrapara, said officials.

The fishing vessel had trespassed into prohibited sanctuary corridors contravening the provisions of wildlife protection act, Orissa Marine fishing regulation act and mandatory rules of marine sanctuary.

They were forwarded to jail custody today under the section-27 & 29 of the provisions of Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 and Orissa Marine Fishing Regulation Act, 1982, said forest officials.

The crews of fishing vessels and marine fishermen communities have been warned not to venture into marine sanctuary area. It’s unlawful to fish in the marine sanctuary throughout the year. They have been sensitized on the restrictions imposed on human activities in the marine sanctuary, said Divisional Forest Officer, Rajnagar Mangrove (wildlife) Forest Division, Bimal Prasanna Acharya.

It’s pertinent to note here nearly turtles had arrived at the Nasi-2 nesting ground on Mach, 2018 to lay eggs on the sandy beach. An estimated 6.57 lakh female turtles had turned to dig pit and lay millions of eggs on the nesting beach.