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No. 213, 18th December 2015

1. Vietnam: Arresting one subject trading sea turtles on facebook
SOURCE: – DATE: 14th December 2015

On the 9th of December 2015, Five Hawksbill sea turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata) and a Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) were seized and a trader was arrested by Ha Dong Environmental police Department in collaboration with Education for Nature of Vietnam. These turtles were advertised for sale as pets. It is unusual to see live marine turtles such as these for sale in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Link to this web article online (Vietnamese)

2. Malaysia: 430 turtle eggs seized in Sandakan
SOURCE: – DATE: 12th December 2015

A total of 430 turtle eggs were confiscated during an integrated operation conducted by the Sandakan Wildlife Department and the Sandakan Municipal Council at Bandar Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia. The turtle eggs were abandoned by the owner and were believed to have been smuggled into the country from the Philippines for the Sandakan market. It is said to be an offence under Section 41 of the Wildlife Conservation Enactment 1997 which carries a fine of up to RM50, 000 ($11,667.50) or a period of up to five years jail or both.

It is noticed that a total of 3,000 turtle eggs were confiscated in the same district by the General Operations Force last month.

Link to this web article online (English)

3. Japan: Temporary ban placed on exports of some Japanese pond turtles as demand from China soars
SOURCE: – DATE: 15th December 2015

As exports of a rare kind of Japanese pond turtle (Mauremys japonica) have increased sharply this year due to strong demand in China, the government imposes partial restrictions on shipments to conserve the species.

Government permission has been required to export the species for more than two years, under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora since June 2013. Between that date and September this year, some 28,000 turtles were exported, according to the Environment Ministry.

Therefore, the ministry has now slapped a temporary ban on exports of wild Japanese pond turtles of breeding age. Exporters cannot ship animals with shells 8 cm or larger, and the restriction applies to both sexes. The ministry continues to permit the capture of turtles as pets, and the export of juveniles and those born in captivity.

Some experts warn the species could be headed for trouble if restrictions are not imposed on captures.

Link to this web article online (English)

Japanese pond turtle

© T. Yabe

4. The UK: Bristol Aquarium gives life-saving help to sea turtle
SOURCE: – DATE: 16th December 2015

A Kemp's Ridleys Turtle (Lepidochelys kempii) found washed up on Aberystwyth's North Beach, Wales, the UK is getting life-saving treatment at Bristol Aquarium after suffering hypothermia and septicaemia. It is the second turtle found washed up on a beach this year which has been looked after by the aquarium. Kemp's Ridleys live in the Gulf of Mexico, but the juveniles spend their time in the Atlantic, travelling some 6,000 miles on ocean currents until they mature.

David Waines from the aquarium said that: “Turtles only strand in the UK when there is something seriously wrong with them. They tend to fall victim to chilly waters and gradually become more and more lethargic until they lapse into unconsciousness.”

Link to this web article online (English)

Kemp ridley sea turtle

© Bristol Aquarium

5. Bolivia: Thousands of turtle hatchlings released into Amazon
SOURCE: – DATE: 18th December 2015

A hundred thousand turtle hatchlings have been released into the Amazon by Bolivia, to try to repopulate several endangered species of turtles. The country's environment ministry said the purpose was to protect two species of turtles, the Giant South American River Turtle (Podocnemis expansa) and Yellow-spotted River Turtle (Podocnemis unifilis).

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