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ATP WEEKLY TURTLE BULLETIN
No. 251, 9th September 2016
1. Malaysia: Turtle eggs among items seized, 10 held in S'kan
Ten people believed to be from the Philippines were detained by marine police for several offences, including illegal entry and smuggling in turtle eggs.
The 10 aged between 14 and 54, including three women, were nabbed during a three-day "Ops Pensura Khas" conducted in the Sandakan waters (Sabah, Malaysia). The team also seized items worth RM40,500 ($9,950).
2. Bangladesh: 4,000kg of turtle shells seized in Ctg
Wildlife Management and Nature Conservation Division, Chittagong of the Forest Department on Tuesday (8th September 2016) seized 4,000kg of turtle shells in Khulshi area (Chittagong, Bangladesh).
Tipped-off, a forest department team with the help of law enforcement personnel seized the turtle shells kept inside 142 sacks from the ground floor of a building in the area, said the forest department sources.
No one was arrested, they added. Shells of three kinds of rare turtle species -- sweet water Ganga Kachim (soft shell turtle), Yellow Pahari Kachim (Elongated tortoise - Indotestudo elongata) and Bara Kaittya (River Terrapin) were recovered, said the forest official. He said an investigation is underway.