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International Journal of Fauna and Biological Studies

International Journal of Fauna and Biological Studies

2023, Vol. 10 Issue 6, Part A

Anthropogenic stresses on nesting habitat of olive ridley sea turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea) with special reference to technical ammonium nitrate plant at rushikulya rookery of ganjam coast, Odisha, India

Author(s):

Pattnaik MR, Patra B, Mohanty S, Sahu A and Sen SK

Abstract:

Olive ridley sea turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea) are flagship icons for the conservation of coastal and marine ecosystems having a circumtropical distribution in a wide variety of habitats. Odisha coast has the world’s largest rookeries for Olive ridleys namely Gahirmatha, Devi and Rushikulya. Olive ridleys and their habitat along Odisha coast very often face natural and anthropogenic stresses leading to failure of mass nesting and population decline. The present study aims to assess the impact of anthropogenic stresses on the nesting habitat of olive ridleys at Rushikulya river mouth with special reference to Technical Ammonium Nitrate Plant and to suggest mitigative measures for the conservation of sea turtles and their habitat. Present work reveals the threats associated with the nesting beach to be beach erosion, tidal inundation, developmental projects, sand mining, predation of eggs and hatchlings, vehicular movements, plastic litter, exotic plantation, artificial illumination fisheries in the off-shore water.

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International Journal of Fauna and Biological Studies
How to cite this article:
Pattnaik MR, Patra B, Mohanty S, Sahu A and Sen SK. Anthropogenic stresses on nesting habitat of olive ridley sea turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea) with special reference to technical ammonium nitrate plant at rushikulya rookery of ganjam coast, Odisha, India. Int. J. Fauna Biol. Stud. 2023;10(6):41-47.

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