Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Civil Services Exam – 29 January 2021

In Today’s News:

  1. National Marine Turtle Action Plan released.

1. National Marine Turtle Action Plan released

News Summary

The Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) released ‘Marine Mega Fauna Stranding Guidelines’ and ‘National Marine Turtle Action Plan’.

Prelims GS – Environment

Marine Turtles in India:

Five species of sea turtles are known to inhabit Indian coastal waters and islands. These are:

  • the Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea),
  • Green (Chelonia mydas),
  • Hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata),
  • Loggerhead (Caretta caretta) and
  • the Leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea) turtles.
Threats to Marine Turtles in India:

Some of the major threats are as follows:

  • unplanned beach development (including ports, lighting, tourism, and plantations),
  • by-catch mortality (in trawl nets and gill nets),
  • weak enforcement of fisheries and Protected Area regulations and,
  • the killing of turtles for meat and the poaching of eggs.

Click here to know more about Marine Turtles on the courtesy official website.



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