In April 2015, a multi-stakeholder sea turtle conservation workshop was organised in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. Terra Marine Research Institute played a pivotal role in its initiation and organisation. The workshop was the result of widespread concern over the mass-mortality of over 800 nesting female Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea) sea turtles in Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, in February 2014 and frequent reports of sea turtle mortalities along the east coast of India. The deaths of Olive Ridley sea turtles in Nellore, has largely been attributed to illegal fishing trawling activities.
The workshop was organised by the Forest Department of Andhra Pradesh, Government of India, Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), United Nations Development Program (UNDP), East Godavari River Estuarine Ecosystem (EGREE), Global Environmental Facility (GEF) in collaboration with Terra Marine Research Institute-India, World Wildlife Fund, Turtle Action Group-India, Olive Ridley Project and Blue Cross of Hyderabad.
A draft workshop report is available here. A final workshop report will be circulated once finalized by the workshop organisers.