22 fishermen arrested in Gahirmatha marine sanctuary

Twenty-two fishermen have been arrested for fishing illegally in Gahirmatha marine sanctuary, a forest official said. The government had declared Gahirmatha a marine sanctuary in 1997 to protect sea turtles, which arrive on the coast during winter to lay eggs. The fishermen, residents of fishing villages of Batighar and Ramnagar in Mahakalpada tehsil of Kendrapara district, were arrested on Monday, the officials said.

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