The forestry department in the district SPSR Nellore, in cooperation with the TREE Foundation Chennai, had successfully advanced the program to protect the olive ridley turtles in the district in the period 2020-21, said the district forestry officer YVK Shanmukh Kumar on Saturday.
57,000 eggs were collected and 46,891 pups were released into the sea during the year, he said while briefing the media on conservation efforts on the eve of World Turtle Day. “The success rate of assisted hatching in hatcheries is high, with only 1 in 1,000 surviving under normal conditions,” he said. The number of pups released was 8,300 higher than those released last year.
For the best results, local fishermen have been made partners in the conservation program as some of the most endangered species come to the coast to nest in large numbers between November and January each year.
They come to the same place for nesting at regular intervals. Over 3.47 lakh pups have been released since the program started in 2012-13, he added.