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ATP WEEKLY TURTLE BULLETIN

No. 244, 22nd July 2016

1. Vietnam: 23 turtles rescued in Hanoi
SOURCE: anninhthudo.vn – DATE: 19th July 2016

On the 19th of July 2016, Police of Thanh Tri district in Hanoi, Vietnam reported they had handed over 23 turtles to the Hanoi, Soc Son Rescue Centre.

Earlier, Thanh Tri police stopped a coach showing abnormal signs. Upon investigation, the police found 23 turtles and 33 bags of mushrooms without paper showing their origins. The coach owner could not identify who the cargos belonged to.

ATP NOTE: from the photograph it appears to be a shipment of endangered Elongated Tortoises (Indotestudo elongata) and other species, possibly Cyclemys or Heosemys. Indotestudo elongata is fully protected under Decree 32/2006/ND-CP.

Link to this web article online (Vietnamese)

turtle confiscation

© anninhthudo.vn

2. Vietnam: Release a 1.3kg sea turtle in Bac Lieu province
SOURCE: phapluatplus.vn – DATE: 19th July 2016

On the 19th of July 2016, functional agencies of Bac Lieu province in the southern region of Vietnam released one sea turtle to the sea area of Nha Mat ward, Bac Lieu city, Bac Lieu province. The 1.3 kg turtle is identified as a Hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata). Earlier, the authorities detected a man named Huynh Vu Trang (resident in Bac Lieu province) illegally transporting the sea turtle. Trang was imposed administrative fine for illegally transporting, trading and consuming wildlife.

Link to this web article online (Vietnamese)

hawkbill rescued in Vietnam

© phapluatplus.vn

turtle slaughterer caught

© Tho Chau

3. Vietnam: sea turtle slaughterer caught red-handed
SOURCE: thanhnien.vn – DATE: 21st July 2016

On the 20th of July 2017, the Management and Fishery Resource Protection Unit of Phu Quy district, Binh Thuan province, Vietnam detected a man slaughtering a sea turtle. The man named Tran Thanh Tam (aged 22, resident in Phu Quy district) caught the sea turtle when diving. Then he brought and butchered the turtles at the area of Loi Sau sea. Local authorities detected, recorded and seized 8kg of turtle meat as evidence. Tam was detained and would be prosecuted in accordance to Vietnam Laws.

Link to this web article online (Vietnamese)

4. Malaysia: Sabah police cripple turtle egg smuggling ring
SOURCE: thestar.com.my - DATE: 16th July 2016

Sabah marine police have crippled a major turtle egg smuggling operation after intercepting four pump boats and seizing 19,000 eggs with a street value of RM30,000 ($7,368) in the east coast district of Sandakan (Sabah, Malaysia).

Twelve people, aged between 17 and 63 years, were detained.

Link to this web article online (English)

turtles seized in Sabah

© thestar.com.my

5. Madagascar police seize 260 baby turtles

SOURCE: business-standard.com – DATE: 19th July 2016

Madagascar police seized 260 baby turtles ready to be sent illicitly to Bangkok at the international airport of Ivato (Antananarivo, Madagascar) on Monday (18th July 2016).

"Madagascar's police of air and borders (PAF) seized 260 Radiated baby turtles (Astrochelys radiata) at Ivato International Airport. Two suitcases each containing 130 turtles, owned to a 41-year-old Malagasy citizen, were found by airport scanners during routine checks at the airport. The trafficker was a businessman. He planned to take a flight to Bangkok with Turkish Airlines when his illegal act was caught by the police." the Chief of police of air and borders (PAF), Commissaire Rufin Lebiria Lebiria said.

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6. The USA: 140 gopher tortoises relocated from burrows to Apalachicola National Forest
SOURCE: wftv.com – DATE: 19th July 2016

The St. Johns River Water Management District is relocating about 140 Gopher tortoises (Gopherus polyphemus) from their burrows in an Orange County levee (in California, the USA) to the Apalachicola National Forest (Florida, the USA).

The process of moving the tortoises will take several weeks. Officials said the staff will locate and flag burrows, then place a bucket below each burrow to catch the tortoises when they exit their homes. Once the tortoises drop into the buckets, certified contractors will take them to an approved location. The cleared burrows will be grouted and filled with a concrete mix that closes the passage, officials said.

Link to this web article online (English)

Gopher tortoise relocation

© Cox media group

 

 
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