Despite being the driver of this conflict, the green turtle in this region remains poorly studied. The objective of this study is to understand aspects of green turtle ecology in the Lakshadweep islands such as population distribution, demography and size, and diet. These will be determined by using mark-capture-recapture, morphometric measurements and histological analysis of faecal samples. Moreover, habitat usage maps and experimental exclosure set-ups will be tested for any reduction in conflict and growth in seagrass, respectively.
Collectively, this information will be used to improve the management of green sea turtles, conserve the seagrass communities and safeguard the livelihoods of the local fisher community.
The Ravi Sankaran-Inlaks Small Grant Program