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448 sq. kilometers in Palk Bay masking coastal waters of Thanjavur and Pudukkotai districts have been notified as a consequence of the reserve

448 sq. kilometers in Palk Bay masking coastal waters of Thanjavur and Pudukkotai districts have been notified as a consequence of the reserve

Tamil Nadu on Wednesday notified the nation’s first ‘Dugong Conservation Reserve’ in Palk Bay masking the coastal waters of Thanjavur and Pudukottai districts with an space of 448 sq. kilometers.

“now we have scripted historic previous and that is one extra milestone in conservation historic previous of Tamil Nadu. The notification is a terribly proud second for TN Forest division and conservationists throughout the globe,” said Supriya Sahu, further Chief Secretary, environment, local climate Change and Forests.

Dugongs are the most vital herbivorous marine mammals on the planet thriving completely on seagrass beds, a vital carbon sink of the oceans. Dugongs are protected beneath Schedule 1 of the Wild Life (safety) Act, 1972. nonetheless, their inhabitants is on the decline on account of habitat loss.

There are solely about 240 people estimated to be current inside the nation and the majority is current in Tamil Nadu coast (Palk Bay). therefore, there’s an imminent should defend Dugongs and their habitat from degradation. the federal authorities had final yr introduced its choice to arrange the reserve, said an official launch.

Conserving dugongs will assist to defend and enhance seagrass beds and sequestering extra atmospheric carbon. Seagrass beds are additionally the breeding and feeding grounds for therefore a lot of commercially priceless fishes and marine fauna. therefore, 1000’s of fisher households straight rely on dugong habitats for his or her income, the discharge said.

The coastal communities alongside Palk Bay understand the should protect dugongs and in addition they’ve been cooperating with forest division inside the conservation efforts ever since. The notification of a Conservation Reserve is simply not going to set off any new restrictions or guidelines to the fishing communities, considerably it focuses on their participation and cooperation for the conservation efforts.

to understand these goals the federal authorities has notified the ‘Dugong Conservation Reserve’ in Palk Bay, after holding in depth consultations with coastal communities, particularly with the native fishermen, Ms. Sahu said.

whereas rather so a lot of labor has already occurred for forest conservation, marine species conservation has not bought the eye it deserves. Tamil Nadu is blessed to have rich marine biodiversity and is dwelling to a quantity of unusual and endangered fishes and turtle species. With an prolonged shoreline of 1076 km and 14 coastal districts TN is effectively poised to steer in marine species conservation, she emphasised.


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