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ATP WEEKLY TURTLE BULLETIN
No. 13, 8th January 2012
3. Thua Thien Hue Province, Vietnam: Thua Thien-Hue releases rare turtle back to sea
SOURCE: tienphong.vn- DATE: 3rd January 2012
Fishermen and officials in Thua Thien-Hue Province, central Vietnam, released a rare Loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) back to the ocean after it was caught by a fisherman on the 2 nd of January. The Loggerhead which weighed 80kg is protected under are protected under Vietnamese fisheries law Decree 59/2005/ND-CP Circular 02/2006/TT-BTS as well as CITES .Link to this web article online (English)
4. Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam. Sea conversation strategy remains on paper .
SOURCE: sgtt.com.vn- DATE: 7th January 2012
At a meeting with the press, Truong Kinh, the director of the Nha Trang Bay Marine Protected Area (MPA) said that he regrets that the MPA still does not have any say in the issues relating to economic development in the area.
Recently, the MPA's management board requested the Khanh Hoa provincial authorities to add Dam Tre to the MPA in order to protect and maintain this important nesting ground of rare sea turtles. The board also proposed to set up a sea turtle rescue center. Sadly sea turtles in the area remain threatened by massive construction for toursim planed for the Khanh Hoa coast. Many of the tourism projects have been and will be located on both sea turtle nesting grounds in the Khanh Hoa province, Bai Dai (belonging to Cam Ranh Bay) and Dam Tre (belonging to Nha Trang bay). According to Mr.Kinh, the nesting beaches have been chosen by the sea turtles themselves and humans should not intervene since the turtles have been nesting in the area hundreds of years.Link to this web article online (Vietnamese)