The number of turtles found in Goa has seen a strong rate of increase in recent years.

The number of turtles found on the beaches of Goa has seen a strong rate of increase in recent times, with official reports starting there has been a big rise in the population.

An ongoing turtle conservation project in the region has proven to be a success, with deputy conservator of forests D N F Carvalho commenting the numbers seen on Morjim beach has been unprecedented, with 13 nests of Olive Ridley turtles being found there.

Also known as the Pacific turtle, it has been classified as Vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources.

Ashwem also boasted an increase in numbers, with the three nests found there – the first seen on the beach since 2003.

Big changes have been made in the last year, which seem to have helped with the conservation efforts.

“The department took steps like restriction of lighting towards the sea at these protected sites,” Carvalho said.

Written by Alex Cochrane

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