Goa Minister Vishwajit Rane on Tuesday announced that 'no-take zones' will be formed in and around picturesque beaches of North Goa to protect and preserve the environment in these areas.

Taking to Twitter, Rane said 'no-take zones' will be formed at beaches of Morjim, Ashvem and Arambol in North Goa, which are a major tourist attraction.

A no-take zone is an area set aside by the government, where no extractive activity such as fishing, hunting, logging, mining and drilling is allowed.

The minister of town and country planning tweeted that activities were taking place without the state government's permission and sand dunes were also being destroyed in the beaches. Hence, the department was forced to act and protect these zones.

Research scientist Sujit Kumar Dongre was roped in to prepare a report on no-take zones and conservation areas to be notified by the state forest department, with more emphasis on areas near turtle nesting sites.

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