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No. 135, 12 th June 2014

1. Kon Tum province, Vietnam: Car seized for transporting wildlife

SOURCE: - DATE: 4 th June 2014

At about 11:30 on the 2 nd of May 2014, the Transport Police of Kon Tum provincial police detected a car (no. 82C-011.21) exhibiting unusual signs. Upon investigation, the patrol team detected the car was carrying twelve turtles, two civets, one porcupine, and one monitor lizard, weighing 21.8 kg in total. All the animals have been transferred to the Kon Tum' s Economic Police to handle. ATP NOTE: the species involved have still not been confirmed.

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2. Binh Thuan, Vietnam: Release 17 turtles to nature

SOURCE: – DATE: 7 th June 2014

On the 20 th of May, when checking the Lach Du Aquaculture (Tam Thanh commune, Phu Quy District, Binh Thuan province), the Phu Quy District's inspection group discovered that in the Truong Thi Vinh' s Aquaculture (Quy Hai, Long Xa) there were 18 rare and protected Oliver Ridley sea turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea), of which the keeping of which in captivity is prohibited. The turtles ranged from 30 cm in length and 2.2 kg and too one was 77cm in length and 40 kg. However, due to long time in captivity the largest animal had already died. Following the seizure the turtles were released into the wild and Truong Thi Vinh who was keeping the turtles was fined 40 million dong ($1886.35) for illegal keeping rare and protected animals. On the 6 th of June the local authorities released the 17 turtles to wild.

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3. Hong Kong: Give Hong Kong's green turtles a fighting chance to survive

DATE: - DATE: 7 th June 2014

Five species of sea turtle can be found in Hong Kong. One of them, the green turtle (Chelonia mydas), actually nests in Hong Kong. Historically nesting on the beaches of several offshore islands, from where eggs were harvested and sold by local villagers. Now, only Sham Wan on Lamma Island supports a very small breeding population. Michael Lau, senior head of programme for local biodiversity and regional wetlands at WWF-Hong Kong, says if Hong Kong wants to safeguard its endangered green turtle population, action is needed to protect the waters around the last remaining breeding ground on Lamma.

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4. Southeast Asia: SE Asian nations come together to protect turtles

SOURCE: – DATE: 8 th June 2014

The governments of the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam have pledged to enhance cooperation in the regional crackdown on the illegal trade in marine turtles taken from the rich waters of the Coral Triangle. The Coral Triangle is home to six of the seven known species of marine turtles including Green (Chelonia mydas), Hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricate), Loggerhead (Caretta caretta), Flatback (Natator depressus), Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea), and Leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea). The commitment was made in a marine turtle trade workshop hosted by the Philippine government on the 3th and 4 th of June 2014, according to World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)-Philippines. The workshop came on the heels of an incident last month where Philippine authorities arrested Chinese fishermen off the coast of Palawan who had around 500 live and dead turtles in their boat. This is just one of the numerous poaching and trafficking incidents that have happened not only in the Philippines, but also in important marine turtle range countries of Indonesia, Malaysia and Viet Nam, and across the wider Coral Triangle region.

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5. The Philippines: Two fishermen arrested for transporting endangered turtle specie in Zamboanga City

SOURCE: – DATE: 8 th June 2014

Two local fishermen were arrested after they were intercepted by a coast guard patrol boat. They were transporting a 18-inch hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricate) they caught off the Santa Cruz Island near Zamboanga City in southern Philippines. The reptile was released to its natural habitat near Santa Cruz Island, Philippines after being tagged for documentation and Agaton Baysa, a wildlife enforcement officer, estimated the age of the turtle to be around 10 years old. According to reports, hawksbills are a critically endangered species due mostly to human impact and their eggs are still eaten around the world despite the turtle' s international protected status, and they are often killed for their flesh and their stunning shells.

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6. New Delhi, India: Conservationists focus on illegal trade of India's poorly-known wildlife species.

SOURCE: – DATE: 9th June 2014

Measures to protect wildlife species, such as pangolins, birds, tortoises and sharks, whose illegal trade in India is poorly known were formulated on the 9 th of June 2014 during a meeting held in New Delhi. Wildlife experts; policy makers; scientists; research scholars; conservationists; and senior officials from the state forest departments, Ministry of Environment and Forests, enforcement agencies, Wildlife Institute of India (WII), WCCB, and wildlife NGOs brainstormed the steps needed. Every year in India, hundreds of pangolins, lizards and tortoises are poached, thousands of birds are illegally trapped, and tonnes of sharks are caught, yet the levels of exploitation on these species are rarely reported.

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7. Con Dao, Vietnam: Vietnam park draws flak for tourism ban

SOURCE: – DATE: 9 th June 2014

on Dao National Park recently banned boats from visiting many of its islets in a decision that attracted criticism from both tourism firms and local authorities. The park authority attributed the ban to the fact that Ba Ria Vung Tau Province, which manages the tourism-haven island, has not issued a waterway transport plan in and around the islands. Many tourists come to Con Dao (a string of 14 islands some 80 km off the southern coast of Vietnam) specifically to visit sea turtle nesting sites, dive near coral reefs and visit mangrove forests in and around the islands. A number of tourism companies reported being surprised by park officials on Con Son – Con Dao's largest islet – who prevented them from taking tourists to the small islets. ATP NOTE: the regulation of access to nesting beaches during the nesting season is a sensible precaution. The improvement of eco-tourism management to ensure benefits/support to conservation efforts for the nest protection will require collaboration between the authorities, tour operators and NGO's

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8. Brazil: Can Brazil's World Cup turtle oracle match Paul the Octopus?

SOURCE: – DATE: 12 th June 2014

Using sea creatures as fortune-tellers seems to be turning into a World Cup tradition. Four years ago the Germans had Paul, the octopus, who caught the world's attention with his surprisingly accurate predictions of the tournament's results. This time round, host country Brazil has chosen a 25-year-old loggerhead turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) named Cabe çã o, or Big Head as its oracle. And it has already picked a winner for the opening match this Thursday.

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