Threat to Olive Ridley turtles, Odisha HC tells government to check trawling

The Orissa High Court on Wednesday directed the State government to take concrete steps in a time bound manner to prevent illegal trawling in the prohibited zone at Devi river mouth.

Published: 10th March 2022 06:47 AM  |   Last Updated: 10th March 2022 06:47 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

CUTTACK: The Orissa High Court on Wednesday directed the State government to take concrete steps in a time bound manner to prevent illegal trawling in the prohibited zone at Devi river mouth. The court was hearing a PIL on the high mortality rate of Olive Ridley turtles along Odisha coast, especially Devi river mouth, a major mass nesting site for the endangered species. The court had suo motu registered the PIL on 23 February last year.

Amicus Curiae Mohit Agarwal had filed a report indicating continuance of illegal trawling activities in the area, for which the State government had filed a response. The division bench of Chief Justice S Muralidhar and Justice RK Pattanaik said, “The Amicus Curiae filed a report on the two incidents that have taken place under the jurisdiction of Astarang marine police station - one on December 26, 2021 and the other on January 31, 2022. During both incidents of the several trawlers that were encroaching into the area only a very few could be apprehended.”

The bench observed, “Although a response has been filed by the State government to the report on March 7, by and large admitting to the above facts, concrete steps that should be taken for preventing such incidents in future has not been indicated.” The Amicus Curiae pointed out more than 50 pc of the posts in all the marine police stations are vacant. 



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp