After 25 years, Olive Ridley Conservation Programme was resumed on 23 May 2014 in Tamil Nadu by Wildlife wing of the Forest Department. Department has set up a hatchery at Besant Nagar.
Further, the department has built a concrete tomb near the hatchery to create awareness of Olive Ridley turtle conservation. As per the data of the department, this season had witnessed more than 700 Olive Ridley deaths along the coast between Chennai and Marakkanam.
In the current egg-laying season (between January and March), the groups identified 85 nests with 9784 eggs. All of them were collected and deposited in the hatchery. Of the total, only 8834 eggs have hatched.
On an average, there were more than 150 eggs in each nest, and it would take 45 days for them to hatch.
On the eve of World Turtle Day the foresters reviewed the hatching rate and the mortality rate of the young ones that were released into the sea between Neelangarai and Marina beach.
Where: Tamil Nadu
When: 23 May 2014