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ATP WEEKLY TURTLE BULLETIN

No. 23, 25th March 2012

 

1. Bac Lieu Province, Vietnam: 15-kilogram turtle released back to the sea.

SOURCE: www.nhandan.com - DATE: March 22nd , 2012

In the afternoon of the 22 nd March, Bac Lieu Province's Department of Exploiting and Protection of aquatic resources reported the release of a rare Logger head sea turtle (Caretta caretta) back to the sea. The animal weighed about 15.4 kg.
This animal was confiscated the day before when Bac Lieu authorities received information a turtle was being kept in a local house. The turtle had been bought from a fisherman for a price of 1 million VND (~ $47.98).

Link 1 to this web article online (Vietnamese)

Link 2 to this web article online (Vietnamese)

 

2. Hanoi city, Vietnam: Education Nature for Vietnam (ENV) helped rescued one turtle offered online

SOURCE: www.xaluan.com - DATE: March 23rd, 2012

On the 12 th of March, ENV in collaboration with the Environment police of Tay Ho district and Thuy Khue's public security (Ha Noi) rescued a rare Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) which was being offered online by a student for a price of 6.5 million VND (~ $311.90). After being rescued, the animal was released back to the sea in Nam Dinh province.

Link to this web article online (Vietnamese)
 

 

3. Ha Tinh Province, Vietnam: 5kg turtle released back to the sea.

SOURCE: www.thanhnien.com.vn - DATE: March 21st 2012

In the afternoon of the 18 th of March, a local fisherman named Minh accidentally caught a Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) weighing about 5kg when he was fishing in Deo Ngang pass in Ha Tinh province, northern Vietnam. Knowing the species is rare, he immediately reported this incident to Cua Sot boarder station. The turtle was released back to the sea where the fisherman had caught it earlier.

Link to this web article online (Vietnamese)

 

4. Son La Province, Vietnam: Farming Wattle-necked soft-shell turtle in Song Ma district

SOURCE: www.tuoitre.vn - DATE: March 21st 2012

For 20 years now, local people have farmed Wattle-necked soft-shell turtles (Palea steindachneri) in ponds in Song Ma district, Son La province (northern Vietnam). According to the article the species is believed to be extinct in the Song Ma area. The ponds where they are kept in captivity are about 200m² each where farmers claim that the Wattle-necked softshell turtles become more fertile with age. The article highlights the profits made from selling these turtles and the increased quality of life of the famers, promoting the farming. It claims approximately 300 households in Song Ma are breeding Wattle-necked soft-shell turtles. With Ms. Hoa, Vice president of the Agriculture and Rural Development Department of Song Ma District, claiming 10 of these farms are of a large scale and have an annual revenue of 2-5 billion VND (~ $143,953 - $239,923).

ATP note: It is always a concern amongst conservationist in Vietnam that turtle farming is promoted as a get rick quick farming method without highlighting the difficulty in maintaining many species, the problem of monitoring farms and the fact many farms are used to launder illegally caught wild turtles.

Link to this web article online (Vietnamese)

 

 
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