Sea turtle conservation programmes were initiated in Odisha and Chennai in the early 1970s to address threats to olive ridley turtles from the take of adult turtles and eggs, fishery related mortality and other anthropogenic activities. Over the next decade or two, many conservation programmes were initiated across the Indian coast by both local authorities and non-governmental organizations. While the focus of most of these groups is the protection of sea turtles and their habitats, they also collect valuable scientific data.
This data portal provides a platform to collate data from across the country on sea turtles. It allows the members of the Indian sea turtle community to contribute their data and create a repository, which can help in understanding the status of sea turtle populations in India and provide knowledge to inform policies and management decisions.