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ATP WEEKLY TURTLE BULLETIN

No. 261, 18th November 2016

1. Vietnam’s crackdown on traffickers of endangered species is only superficial
SOURCE: economist.com – DATE: 12th November 2016

Vietnam’s ruling Communist Party looks increasingly embarrassed by the country’s reputation as one of Asia’s worst wildlife-trafficking hubs. On the 17th and 18th of November, it will advertise its efforts to quash the industry at an international wildlife conference in Hanoi, the capital, which will be attended by representatives from about 40 countries. But while the sale of exotic animal parts in Vietnam’s big cities is gradually growing less blatant, it may not be getting rarer: the trade still flourishes, online and underground.

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wildlife trade in Vietnam

© economist.com

2. Vietnam: Confiscation and release of 55 Oldham’s Leaf Turtles into the wild
SOURCE: antv.gov.vn – DATE: 14th November 2016

On the 8th of November 2016, Ha Tinh Forest Protection Department (FPD) confiscated 55 Oldham's leaf turtle (Cyclemys oldhamii) which were being illegally transported on 15A High Road through the area of Dong Loc commune, Can Loc district, Ha Tinh province. Ha Tinh FPD in collaboration with Ha Tinh Animal Health Department checked the health conditions and the origins of the animals. After examining and confirming that the animals were in good condition, Ha Tinh FPD collaborated with the Management Board of Song Ngan Pho Protection Forest to release the animals at Sub-zone # 56, Son Kim I commune, Huong Son District, Ha Tinh province.

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3. Vietnam: Destroy nearly 1 ton of dead pangolins and turtles in Quang Ninh province
SOURCE: anninhthudo.vn – DATE: 15th November 2016

On the 15th of November 2016, Quang Ninh authorities organized the destruction of 136 dead pangolins (636 kg), 171.8 kg of pangolin scales and 16 turtles (5kg) in Den Sen landfill in Khanh Phuong ward, Ha Long city, Quang Ninh province.

Earlier, at about 15:20hrs on the 5th of November 2016, in Quang Minh commune, Hai Ha district, Quang Ninh province, Economic police of Quang Ninh province detected a refrigerated truck (number plate 92C-09397) driven by Dang Van Tu (born in 1983) and Nguyen Nhu Bao (born in 1981) illegally transporting wildlife. The two suspects would face prosecution. The shipment including 149 Sunda pangolins (Manis javanica) weighing 738kg in total along with 172kg of pangolin scales (unidentified species) and 105 Big-headed Turtles (Platysternon megacephalum) concealed and stacked in polystyrene boxes. The animals were handed over to Forest Protection Department. ATP NOTE: both species are nationally protected in Vietnam under Decree 32/2006/ND-CP.

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destroy dead wildlife

© anninhthudo.vn

baby sea turtle

© Nguyen Thanh

4. Vietnam: 900 baby turtles returned to sea
SOURCE: vietnamnews.vn – DATE: 16th November 2016

Some 900 baby marine turtles have been returned to the sea in the last five months, the maritime protection division of the Núi Chùa National Park in south central Ninh Thuận Province said.

The turtles belong to the Green Sea (Chelonia mydas), Hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata) and Loggerhead Turtle (Caretta caretta) species, which are facing high risk of extinction.

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5. Vietnam: Fishermen rescue rare turtle in central Vietnam
SOURCE: vnexpress.net – DATE: 16th November 2016

A rare turtle of an endangered species stuck in a net in the central province of Quang Nam was rescued and sent back to the sea on Wednesday (the 16th of November 2016).

Two fishermen in the province spotted the Hawksbill Sea Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) around five nautical miles from the shore on Tuesday. It was trapped in a discarded fishing net that someone had dumped into the sea.

The turtle weighing 5.5 kilograms was then brought to local authorities. It was released the next morning.

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turtle released in Quang Nam

© Son Thuy

6. Vietnam: Release sea turtle to the nature in Da Nang
SOURCE: tienphong.vn - DATE: 17th November 2016

On the 17th of November 2016, the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of Da Nang province said that they just released a sea turtle (4.5 kg in weight and 0.5m in length) back to the sea area of Hon Sup beach (Son Tra district, Da Nang province). Earlier, on the 13th of November, informed that there was a sea turtle in captive at Dong Duong restaurant, Fisheries Department, Environmental Police and Border Guards came and inspected the restaurant. After being informed that species is protected under Vietnam’s Law, the restaurant owner voluntarily handed over the species to functional agencies.

ATP NOTE: As seen from the picture, the turtle appears to be a Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas).

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turtle rescued in Da Nang

© Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of Da Nang province

 

 
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