Fourteen islands located within the national park in Kendrapara district have been identified for comprehensive conservation. The Union Ministry of Environment and Forest would release funds for nature's conservation in the unmanned islands under HDCIP.
"As desired by the ministry, we had sent the list of islands. The ministry has given the nod to undertake the makeover project in the earmarked islands," said Divisional Forest Officer(DFO), Rajnagar Mangrove (wildlife) Forest Division, Bimal Prasanna Acharya.
"In our report, we mentioned that Nasi, Havelikati and Babubali islands within the Gahiramath marine sanctuary are known as the rookery of the Olive Ridley sea turtles. In March this year, 41,33,334 turtles laid eggs in the islands," Acharya said.
Kalibhanjadia, Sort and Nadiabali islands within the Bhitarkanika national park are known for dense mangrove forests and the creeks and water bodies of these islands are the home of many salt water crocodiles.
"Hukitola island is known as breeding place of horse shoe crabs. Nowadays, we are giving emphasis on horse shoe crab conservation due to its medicinal value. Known as the living fossil the neglected horseshoe crab is the latest to join the long list of endangered species in Wildlife Protection Act. Considered an important organism for its medicinal value in pharmaceutical, clinical and food industries, the horse shoe crab is also useful and an indicator of the health of the coastal zone," Acharya added.


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