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Binh Dinh: Settlement of 102 confiscated marine turtles in question

On the 31 st July 2011 the Binh Dinh province Market Management authorities and police in central Vietnam seized 102 marine turtles that were being illegally transported in a car. The turtles, which ­were Hawksbill sea turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata), are listed as a rare and endangered species on the IUCN Red List 2011 and the Vietnamese Red List 2007. All the turtles had died before being transferred to Binh Dinh province Market Management facilities for storage.

However, it remains unclear how local authorities have since dealt with the turtle evidence . Conservationists and scientists strongly suggest that the tur t les should be incinerated or transfer r ed to an organization working purely for scientific or educational purposes, and must not be auctioned off back into the trade, as is often the case in Vietnam.

Source: Tien Phong Online - Link to this web article online (Vietnamese)

[Photo source: Tien Phong Online]


Above: Hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata)



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