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Morjim Sea Turtle Festival

MORJIM’ SEA-TURTLES.

The Morjim - Sea Turtle Conservation project is a conservation and policy effort for the conservation of a demarcated turtle nesting beach in Morjim Goa, India. Morjim is a village in North Goa on the West Coast of India, and a nesting site for sea turtles. The site is a demarcated turtle nesting zone with protections under the Wildlife Protection Act (1976) and the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) notifications, 2011. These nesting sites are active between the months of October and June. Olive Ridleys and Green sea turtles, the two species of sea turtles found on Morjim beach are listed under the IUCN Red list as ‘Vulnerable’ and ‘Endangered’

TURNING THE TIDE ON INCLUSION OF SHACKS INTO THE CONSERVATION DIALOGUE

Morjim beach, a notified turtle nesting site also shares it’s space with about 11 beach shacks. In an effort to bridge the conflict between conservation and tourism, we attempt to introduce the tourism industry into the conservation dialogue and invite shack owners and managers at Morjim to the workshops and clean ups. We also. throughout the festival would conduct special workshops with shacks to provide them alternatives to single-use products. If you are an individual or organisation in the tourism industry who would like to join into this dialogue, please drop us an email at sagarshakti[dot]india[at]gmail[dot]com

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2019

NOVEMBER 2019: 4pm onwards Morjim Beach, Goa

  • November 28th:
    Festival Inauguration with Goa Forest Department
  • November 29th:
    Workshop by Goa Forest Department (Morjim Unit)
  • November 30th:
    Beach Clean up

DECEMBER 1st - 8th 2019: Theme: Wildlife Documentary 4pm onwards Morjim Beach, Goa

  • December 1st, 3rd:
    Beach Clean up | Workshop by RFO Vivek Gaonkar
  • December 6th:
    Workshop on Wildlife Documentary by Doel Trivedy | Screening of special documentary on ghost gear and sea turtles
  • December 7th, 8th:
    Beach Clean up
  • December 8th:
    Workshop on Wildlife Documentary by Doel Trivedy | Screening of special documentary on ghost gear and sea turtles

DECEMBER 9th - 15th 2019: Theme: Marine wildlife advocacy 4pm onwards Morjim Beach, Goa

  • December 10th:
    Workshop: Screening on sea turtles conservation in Morjim, Goa
  • December 13th:
    Workshop on Marine wildlife advocacy by Stalin Dayanand
  • December 14th, 15th:
    Beach Clean up
  • December 15th:
    Beach Clean up | Workshop on Marine wildlife advocacy by Stalin Dayanand

DECEMBER 16th - 22nd 2019: Theme: Conservation and Tourism 4pm onwards Morjim Beach, Goa

  • December 17th:
    Workshop: Screening on sea turtles conservation in Morjim, Goa
  • December 20th:
    Workshop on sustainable tourism and wildlife habitats
  • December 21st, 22nd:
    Beach Clean up
  • December 22nd:
    Beach Clean up | Workshop on sustainable tourism and wildlife habitats

DECEMBER 23rd - 31st 2019: Theme: Challenges in marine wildlife conservation 4pm onwards Morjim Beach, Goa

  • December 24th:
    Screening of special documentary on ghost gear and sea turtles
  • December 26th:
    Workshop on marine wildlife research and challenges by Sarita Fernandes
  • December 28th, 29th:
    Beach Clean up
  • December 29th:
    Workshop on challenges in marine wildlife conservation by Sarita Fernandes