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Threats to Leatherback nesting sites by Andamans project

  • Posted By
    10Pointer
  • Categories
    Environment
  • Published
    16th Feb, 2021

Context

Conservationists are worried over the fate of some of the most important nesting populations of the Giant Leatherback turtle Andaman and Nicobar (A&N) Islands due to proposals for tourism and port development.

LeatherbackTurtles

  • The leatherback sea turtle(Dermochelyscoriacea), is the largest of all living turtles.
  • It is found in all oceans except the Arctic and the Antarctic.
  • Within the Indian Ocean, they nest only in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
  • Conservation Status: They are listed in Schedule I of India’s Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.
    • The species is listed in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species as

Concerns

  • There are concerns over at least three key nesting beaches under-
  • NITI Aayog’s ambitious tourism vision for Little Andaman
  • A mega-shipment port at Galathea Bay on Great Nicobar Island