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ATP WEEKLY TURTLE BULLETIN

No. 226, 18th March 2016

1. India: First batch of turtle hatchlings released
SOURCE: thehindu.com - DATE: 17th March 2016

The first batch of 114 Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea) hatchlings was released into the sea at Narambai (Tamil Nadu, India) on Wednesday (16th March 2016) as part of conservation of the endangered species.

The Forest Department collected over 888 eggs laid by turtles over the past 60 days with the help of youth volunteers and kept them at a temporary hatchery in Narambai for safe hatching.

Volunteers from the local fishing community involved in turtle protection also collected eggs and shifted them to the hatchery and closely monitored them. The eggs were preserved in areas where there was no movement of people.

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olive ridley hatchling

© T. Singaravelou

tortoise walker

© Craigslist

2. The USA: New York tortoise walker is the best job posting on Craigslist
SOURCE: dailydot.com – DATE: 9th March 2016

Dog walking is so passé. Now is the time to get in on this lucrative tortoise-walking opportunity.

A New York City Craigslist seeks a "responsible animal lover" to take Henry the 16-year-old African Spurred Tortoise (Centrochelys sulcata) to Central Park on warm weekdays. The lucky person will shuttle Henry in a pet stroller to the park, where he'll then be allowed to roam the grassy knolls to his reptilian heart's content.

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3. Australia: World Science Festival: Loggerhead turtle eggs hatch on schedule in front of Brisbane crowds
SOURCE: abc.net.au – DATE: 11th March 2016

More than 50 turtle eggs are being watched day and night to ensure they hatch in front of audiences in Brisbane (Queensland, Australia), far from sandy Queensland beaches.

In an Australian first, the eggs have been incubated, watched and timed to hatch on a certain date so the public can watch. The first of the Loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) eggs, from Mon Repos off the coast of Bundaberg, hatched as planned, with more on the way at the Queensland Museum as part of the World Science Festival. The museum's reptile curator, Patrick Couper, said it had been an exercise in timing and temperature precision.

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turtle hatchlings at World Science Festival

© J. Hinchiffe

desert tortoise

© File Photo

4. The USA: CALIFORNIA DESERT: Military's tortoise relocation plan in jeopardy
SOURCE: pe.com – DATE: 16th March 2016

The military has scrapped plans to move more than 1,400 protected Mojave Desert Tortoises (Gopherus agassizii) from an expansion area at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Centre Twentynine Palms to BLM-managed habitat land this spring.

The Marines were gearing up to move the reptiles to Bureau of Land Management (BLM) habitat territory near Barstow, so that the 88,000-acre Johnson Valley expansion area could be used this summer for live ammunition training.

A base spokesman said in an email Wednesday, the 16th of March 2016, that he is still trying to determine how the decision will affect the training plans.

The plan called for the tortoises to be moved as early as this month. To reduce stress on the animals, they were to be flown by helicopter to the Ord-Rodman Critical Habitat Unit, an area managed by the BLM southeast of Barstow. But the manager of the BLM’s Barstow Field Office, and Marines both sent emails Wednesday confirming that the move won’t be this spring. The emails did not explain why the move was cancelled.

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5. The USA: Feds proposing new regulations for turtle excluder devices
SOURCE: houmatoday.com – DATE: 16th March 2016

The federal government is considering new requirements and regulations for turtle excluder devices to reduce sea turtle by-catch in shrimp fisheries.

The new requirements, which could potentially apply to all vessels from Texas to North Carolina in both state and federal waters, are meant to counteract an increasing number of small, juvenile sea turtles being encountered by inshore and near-shore fisheries.

According to a document on the proposed changes, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will be floating four potential alternatives at public hearings in April aimed at reducing sea turtle mortality.

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turtle excluder device

© C. Heller

 
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