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The Future of Ridley Arribadas in Orissa: From Triple Waste to Triple Win?

By Nicholas Mrosovsky. Originally published in Kachhapa #5, on Sea Turtles of India.

I am grateful to the editors of Kachhapa for their invitation to give an outside perspective on the arribadas of olive ridley turtles in India. From a distant viewpoint what I see is waste, waste, and waste.

The first waste is that of adults, often in reproductive condition full of eggs, caught in fisherman’s gear, some dead already, others killed to disentangle them from nets, carcasses washed ashore, bloated, rotting. These animals might have contributed to augmenting the next generation of turtles.

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