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Maharashtra’s coastal districts to have marine animal rescue centres earlier than subsequent monsoon

Maharashtra’s coastal districts may have their very own marine animal rescue centre earlier than subsequent monsoon and the state by the Mangrove Foundation has allotted a funds of Rs 65.5 lakh to develop new centres and improve current ones.

While two new centres have been proposed at Rs 20 lakh every at Sindhudurg and Ratnagiri, an current construction at Alibag might be revamped with varied amenities at a price of Rs Four lakh. Additionally, Rs 10 lakh might be used to improve an current centre in Dahanu whereas remaining funds have been allotted for the upkeep of current centres.

These marine animal transit-and-treatment items cater to instances of cetaceans and sea turtle strandings, accidents, post-mortems, and rescues.

“Final execution of our projects is expected by May before the monsoon when maximum cases are reported,” mentioned Virendra Tiwari, further principal chief conservator of forest (Mangrove Cell). “We are in consultation with experts to further enhance our infrastructure at each centre by including better equipment, a variety of tanks, medical apparatus and providing artificial sea salt (suitable for sea turtles to stay in).”

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A complete of 110 sea turtles (100 alive and 10 lifeless) washed ashore or bought trapped in fishing nets between November 2019 and September 2020.
WCAWA/Mangrove Cell

According to knowledge from the mangrove cell, a complete of 110 sea turtles (100 alive and 10 lifeless) washed ashore or bought trapped in fishing nets between November 2019 and September 2020. Of these, 101 had been Olive Ridley, seven Green sea turtles, and two had been Hawksbill turtles. During the identical interval, 23 cetaceans – 9 Indian Ocean humpback dolphins, 5 Baleen whales, 5 finless porpoise, and two striped dolphins – washed ashore alongside the state shoreline.

Equipped with two 1,000 litre and 5 500 litre tanks, an operation desk, medicines, tools and visiting veterinarians, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) bought its first marine animal remedy centre on July 26 on the Coastal and Marine Biodiversity Centre at Airoli, Navi Mumbai.

In 2018, the forest division with varied non-profit teams started a marine respondent community to coordinate quick response to marine remedy instances however a delegated centre was not current. Only one remedy centre had been practical in Maharashtra in Dahanu, Palghar, over 10 years. This 12 months, 38 turtles had been dropped at Dahanu whereas three had been taken to Airoli for remedy.

According to a forest officer, who spoke to HT requesting anonymity, the 38 sea turtles had been in crucial well being that washed ashore at Dahanu.

Developing district-wise centres will help provide treatment on time and boost further research.

Developing district-wise centres will assist present remedy on time and increase additional analysis.
WCAWA/Mangrove Cell

“While 20 succumbed to death, seven were successfully released after treatment and 11 remain critical under our care,” the officer mentioned.

Dr Dinesh Vinherkar, appointed in-charge of the Dahanu rescue centre by the Maharashtra forest division, confirmed the small print. “This year, the annual mortality and injury rate of turtles has been much higher. Cases involving accidents with boats, propellers or getting caught in fishnets has led to complete blood loss (anaemia), damage to lungs, decapitated flippers or harm to their digestive tract due to plastic, ropes, rubber and foreign bodies in their stool due to coastal pollution – all leading to floating syndrome (wherein a turtle is unable to swim into deep waters and is brought to shore during high tide). Thus, we could only release those that are fit to find food,” he mentioned.

Marine biologist with the Mangrove Foundation Harshal Karve mentioned, “Developing district-wise centres will help provide treatment on time and boost further research. Data collected will help understand the causes of stranding and aid future conservation practices.”

Veterinarian Dr Rina Dev, guide with the mangrove cell on the Airoli centre mentioned, “If every district becomes self-sufficient by providing immediate treatment to marine animals rather than putting pressure on one centre, the entire rehabilitation and conservation process becomes a successful model. The mangrove cell has already begun workshops with all coastal stakeholders explaining specifics about rescues and resolving stranding-related issues.”

Dr Vinherkar added, “There is a need for providing treatment to these species within a short period to save their lives. It will also help form a network for better results.”

Such centres would wish tools together with x-ray machines, isolation tanks, dry-docking tanks, thermoregulation tools, filtration items, synthetic sea salt aside from fundamental equipment, added Dr Vinherkar.

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