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No. 13, 8th January 2012


1.  Malaysia. Rescued Indian Star Tortoises sent home

SOURCE: DATE: 27th December 2011

More than 600 Indian Star Tortoises (Geochelone elegans) were sent home to India last week after the smuggled reptiles were rescued by the authorities a few months ago. These tortoises, stuffed into two luggage bags, were rescued in August after authorities noticed that no one claimed the bags at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Although listed only as low risk/least concern by the IUCN red list (2011) the Indian Star Tortoise, which is found in scrub forests in India and Sri Lanka, is protected under Indian law. The species is popular in the exotic pet trade, although India has banned its export.

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2. Ha Noi city, Vietnam. The resurfacing of Hoan Kiem Turtle

SOURCE: DATE: 2nd January 2012

At 5pm on the 2 nd of January 2011 the Hoan Kiem Turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) suddenly appeared near the Ngoc Son Temple. With so much attention on the legendary turtle, considered god like in Vietnam, many observations of the animal appear in national press. During this observation many hundreds of tourists, many visiting a flower festival in Hanoi, witnessed the old turtle.


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3. Thua Thien Hue Province, Vietnam: Thua Thien-Hue releases rare turtle back to sea

SOURCE: 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 .

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4.  Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam. Sea conversation strategy remains on paper .

SOURCE: 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.

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