Established in 2009, the Turtle Action Group (TAG) is a collective of NGOs and individuals from the Indian subcontinent working towards sea turtle conservation and research. The aim of the network is to provide a platform for the exchange of information, knowledge and experience amongst various groups and individuals working along the coast of India. In addition, the initiative also seeks to strengthen community-based NGOs in the various coastal states. Currently, TAG has 27 NGO members.
Organisational members of TAG include community-based organisations, environmental groups and non-governmental organisations. The main focus of TAG is to promote effective conservation of sea turtles and their habitats through collective and collaborative action. TAG is governed by a core committee of representatives and an advisory board. At present Dr. Naveen Namboothri serves as TAG’s secretary and Dr. Kartik Shanker serves as its chairperson. Dakshin aims to support and facilitate the network, and undertake capacity building for these groups along the mainland coast and islands of India, with associated programmes of research. A cohesive network using turtle monitoring and conservation activities, can foster cooperation between local agencies and state agencies within the country and mitigate potential conflicts.
The Turtle Action Group (TAG) meeting is organized annually with the aim of furthering sea turtle conservation through the exchange of information, experience and ideas between individuals and community-based NGOs working on sea turtles and coastal conservation. In 2015 TAG held its 6th meeting in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh on 28th and 29th of March with support from the Visakha Society for Protection and Care of Animals (VSPCA). The main focus of this workshop was to actively involve representatives of state forest departments in TAG and the capacity building of TAG members through different workshops conducted by experts over the two days.