The Odisha government on Wednesday imposed a seven-month ban on fishing along the coast to protect the endangered Olive Ridley sea turtles as they arrive during winter for nesting.

The ban will be in force from November 1 to May 31, 2018.

The endangered Olive Ridley turtles arrive every year during winter for mass nesting in Rushikulya river mouth and Gahirmatha marine sanctuary. They will arrive for mating on the coast and lay eggs in March. Most hatchlings emerge by May.

The forest department has imposed the restriction tp ensure that the fishermen don’t fish within 20 km off the coastline in the turtle nesting sites.