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ATP WEEKLY TURTLE BULLETIN

No. 265, 16th December 2016

1. Vietnam: Restaurant owner voluntarily release endangered sea turtle back to the sea.
SOURCE: vov.vn – DATE: 13th December 2016

On the 13th of December 2016, Mr. Bui Tuan Son, director of Ha Tinh fish-port said that the organization in collaboration with functional agency released one Hawksbill Sea Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) back to the sea. The turtle is 7kg in weight ad 45cm in length.

Earlier, on the 12th of December 2016, a restaurant owner in Ha Tinh city, Ha Tinh province bought the creature form a fisherman for 1.5 million dong ($66). Then, he notified the case to functional agency so that the turtle could be released to the sea.

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Hawksbill sea turtle

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big-headed turtle rescue

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2. Myanmar: More Improvements Made in Big-headed Turtle Rescue
SOURCE: turtlesurvial.org - DATE: 6th December 2016

The futures of the Big-Headed Turtles confiscated in Myanmar last month are rapidly improving, thanks to the combined rescue efforts of Turtle Survival Alliance, Wildlife Conservation Society, and Wildlife Reserves Singapore. On the 7th of November 2016, TSA first announced that the Myanmar authorities had confiscated 800 Big-Headed Turtles (Platysternon megacephalum) from the illegal wildlife trade, and the animals were soon moved to TSA’s Turtle Rescue Center (TRC) in May Myo (Mandalay, Myanmar).

ATP NOTE: unfortunately many of the animals have died shortly after the confiscation, this species does suffer from heat stress.

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3. Singapore: Move to save Singapore's endangered sea turtles
SOURCE: straitstimes.com - DATE: 14th November 2016

NParks' staff, academics and interest groups to work together to ensure their survival

The gentle sea turtle has long fuelled the imagination, and Singaporeans flock to turtle sanctuaries elsewhere to catch sight of them. But sea turtles also live and nest right here, unknown to many. Unfortunately, the two species of sea turtles most commonly found here - the hawksbill turtle and the green turtle - are considered critically endangered. While there has been no formal population count, more is being done to study the elusive creatures.

The Straits Times has learnt that a Marine Turtle Working Group - comprising staff from the National Parks Board (NParks), academics from institutions such as the National University of Singapore, and interest groups and individuals - is being formalised.

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sea turtle

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sea turtle

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turtle eggs

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4. The Philippines: Police nab fisherman selling rare turtle eggs for P10
SOURCE: abs-cbn.com – DATE: 9th December 2016

A fisherman who was selling sea turtle or "pawikan" eggs at the Laoag City commercial complex was arrested by police on Wednesday afternoon (7th December 2016).

Jessie Pascual, 50, a resident of Barangay 33-B Lapaz in Laoag City (Ilocos Norte, the Philippines), was reported to authorities by a concerned citizen. Confiscated from Pascual were 20 sea turtle eggs, which he had priced at P10 ($0.20) each. Pascual, who claimed that it was his first time to sell sea turtle eggs, will be charged for violation of Republic Act 9147, the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act.

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5. India: Nagpur Police arrest four wildlife smugglers, four tortoises rescued
SOURCE: timesofindia.indiatimes.com – DATE: 11th December 106

On Sunday (11th December 2016), the Nagaur police arrested four smugglers and rescued four tortoisesfrom them during a raid in Methdi village of Nagaur, Rajasthan, India.

Nawa Sahar police station in-charge Krishna Kumar told TOI that police had received a specific input about smugglers trying to sell tortoises illegally. While the police have booked all four under Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, cops suspect that tortoises were to be sold at Rs 50,000 ($736). The police called the officers of the forest department to hand over the rescued tortoises.

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leatherback sea turtle

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6. China: Police to quiz 6 villagers in rare sea turtle case
SOURCE: shanghaidaily.com - DATE: 12th December 2016

Six villagers have been transferred to judicial authorities in south China for allegedly hunting and selling a rare sea turtle illegally.

Last week, a viral video showing a group of people dismembering a giant Leatherback Sea Turtle (Dermochelys coriacea), a sea turtle under state protection, caused an uproar among netizens.

The turtle, reportedly weighing more than 200 kilograms, was slaughtered and its meat was sold for 70 yuan (US$10) per kg to local residents in Xuwen County, Guangdong Province, China according to a report by the local Zhanjiang Daily.

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