India to have a turtle policy

India will soon come up with a policy for the protection and conservation of marine turtles. The policy will include the conservation and preservation of the five turtle variations found in the country.

The media quoted an official in the Ministry of Environment as saying that they are coming up with a separate policy for turtle conservation and protection. The official said this on the sidelines of the Convention for Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals in Gujarat.

The country is for adopting the new policy as concerns were raised on the protection of marine life. Environmentalists and wild life experts were demanding the country to concentrate more on the conservation and preservation of marine life.

The five species in India are Olive ridley, hawksbill, loggerhead, leatherback and green turtle. All the species except Olive ridley are endangered. All these species have their breeding grounds in the coastal belt. The coastal area in Odisha is known for the largest breeding ground for turtles, especially the o0live turtles.

The new policy will cover all aspects related to turtle and marine conservation.

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