The Right to Survive: Turtle conservation and Fisheries livelihoods

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31 May 2006 -
Each year, the eastern coast of India witnesses a truly spectacular occurence of nature- the arrival en masse of hundreds of thousands of olive ridley turtles in the coastal region of the State of Orissa. Last year, for instance, an estimated 240,000 adult olive ridleys congregated at Rushikulya on the Orissa coast to breed. Coincidentally, the breeding season also happens to be the peak fishing season in Orissa, one of the poorest States of India. Thousands of fishing families rely on this season to fish, and around 70,000 fishworkers are entirely dependent on Orissa coastal fisheries for their livelihoods. Moves to protect the olive ridleys and their breeding and nesting grounds have led to mounting conflicts involving fishing communities, government departments and conservationists, principally because these turtle breeding habitats in the river mouths also happen to be the richest fishing grounds of Orissa.
Author: International Collective in Support of Fishworkers, India