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Help monitor coast to prevent turtle deaths, says court

CHENNAI: The Madras high court has asked the Union and state forest ministries, Coastal Security Group, Indian Coast Guard, Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute and the Tamil Nadu Coastal Zone Management Authority to "render assistance" to the fisheries department in monitoring the coast to prevent turtle deaths.
This is to ensure that no trawlers or mechanised fishing vessels were permitted to carry fishing activities within 3 nautical miles of the coast. An article published in TOI that highlighted the mass death of endangered Olive Ridley turtles on Chennai's beaches had been considered a suo motu PIL. The PIL had the court's deputy registrar as the petitioner, who then issued notices to the animal husbandry, dairying and fisheries department along with the commissioner of fisheries department.
On Monday, T Mohan, the amicus curiae appointed by the court, submitted a report stating Chennai' s coast was on the migratory route for these turtles to reach the Odisha and other nesting grounds along the east coast.
Subsequently, the first bench comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice M M Sundresh underlined the suggestions of the amicus curiae's report. According to it, mechanism for monitoring the coast had to be strengthened. As the fisheries department by itself is unable to take corrective action, the report suggested it to take assistance from other authorities.