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ATP WEEKLY TURTLE BULLETIN

No. 36, 8th July 2012

 

1. Nanning, China: Illegal wildlife products traders arrested

SOURCE: guardian.co.uk - DATE: 29th June 2012

In Nanning, China, three people were arrested after a large cache of wild animal parts was intercepted. The confiscation included 343 frozen pangolins, 141 black bear paws (from at least 43 bears), 37 frozen big-headed turtles (Platysternon megacephalum) and 20kg of suspected black bear meat. According to officers, the body parts would have been sold on the local black market with the estimated value of 20m yuan ($3,134,845).

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2. Dong Nai province, Vietnam: Police raid sea turtle slaughterhouse in the south

SOURCE: tuoitre.vn - DATE: 4th July 2012

On July 3, police in Dong Nai province, southern Vietnam, raided a residential home in Trang Bom District and caught a group of people in the process of butchering 43 sea turtles. The freshly-killed animals, the largest measuring 78cm in length and the smallest 43cm, were found being soaked in a tank of formaldehyde. Nguyen Ngoc Dong Anh, the slaughterhouse's owner, told police he has been purchasing sea turtles from an unidentified man in the southern province of Tien Giang since October, 2011. Mr. Anh said he pays between 200,000 and 4,000,000VND ($10 - $190) per individual. The 28-year-old hired people to kill the animals for leather and their shells, which are made into jewellery and other items that are then sold to China where he can realize up to 7,000,000VND ($335) per animal.

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Dong Nai province, Vietnam: Confiscated turtles destroyed

SOURCE: Thanh Niên Online news; thanhnien.com.vn - DATE: 15th November 2012

50 sea turtles (unknown species) confiscated in Nguyen Ngoc Dong Anh's residence last July were destroyed on the 15th November.

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3. Giant turtle on the brink of extinction

SOURCE: khoahoc.com.vn - DATE: 4th July 2012

The Leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) has survived for more than a hundred million years, but is now facing extinction due to global climate change and the over-harvest of eggs. These, and numerous other threats have led to dwindling populations, with researchers from the Drexel University, Princeton University and other institutions saying the species could see a possible 75% population decline by the year 2100.

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4. China: Freedom as whale shark and marine turtles released

SOURCE: hawaii247.com - DATE: 5th July 2012

A whale shark (Rhincodon typus) and two green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas) have been successfully released from Hainan Island, China. The whale shark and one of the sea turtles were outfitted with satellite transmitter tags that will allow their movements, swimming speed and depth as well as surrounding water temperatures to be recorded. The released whale shark was a juvenile male measuring 6 meters (20 feet) in length and weighing approximately 1 ton. The two green sea turtles were juveniles weighing 30 kg (66 lbs) and 25 kg (55 lbs) respectively. Both had been in residence at Sea Turtles 911's floating sea turtle hospital for approximately 10 months after being rescued from the illegal sea turtle trade.

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5. Malaysia: a new venue of smuggling exotic animals found

SOURCE: thestar.com - DATE: 6th July 2012

Syndicates are now using Johor's lengthy coastline as entry points to smuggle exotic animals from Indonesia into Malaysia where they are often traded on to other countries including China . Due to the high demand, the syndicates were currently doubling their efforts to smuggle the turtles in from Indonesia, with more sophisticated tricks used to evade the authorized.

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6. Binh Dinh province, Vietnam: More than 200 sea turtle eggs found

SOURCE: thanhnien.com.vn - DATE: 6 th July 2012

According to Mr. Nguyen Van Minh, Leader of Protection and Management of sea turtle Group in Nhon Hai commune, two sea turtles came ashore on Hon Kho islands, Nhon Hai commune on the 5 th of July to lay eggs. He said that each of the females laid a clutch, one nest with approximately 80 eggs and the other nest was about 120 eggs. Mr. Minh also said that he had found one other clutch earlier but the eggs had been destroyed. With almost no marine turtle nesting taking place along Vietnam's extensive coastline where hundred of thousands of animals historically coming ashore this small number is still an important event and necessary to conserve in Vietnam.

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7. Lang Son province, Vietnam: Turtle smuggler caught near Chinese border

SOURCE: cand.com.vn - DATE: 8th July 2012

On the 6 th of July 2012, on a trail near the border village of Coc Nam (Tan My commune, Van Lang district, Lang Son province) the provincial police arrested a man, Le Van Nhi from Nam Dinh province, for smuggling 12 soft-shell turtles and 24 other turtles into China that he claimed were bought in Hai Duong city. The turtles were confiscated and transferred to the local authorities.

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8. Thua Thien Hue province, Vietnam: An Olive ridley sea turtle on Lang Co coast

SOURCE: dantri.com.vn - DATE: 8th July 2012

On 6 th July 2012, an Olive ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) was caught in a fishing net off the coast of Thua Thien Hue province (central Vietnam). The turtle weighing 15kg was 80cm long. The fisherman who accidently caught the animals, Tran Van Thuc, immediately reported the accidental capture to the Lang Co Peoples Committee authority and Provincial Island and Lagoon Department. The animal was released back to the sea the same day. According to the provincial Island and Lagoon Department, the Olive ridley sea turtle is very rare and it was the first time they observed the species in Lang Co.

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9. Ca Mau province, Vietnam: 20 tons of wildlife released to the wild

SOURCE: vietnamplus.vn - DATE: 8th July 2012

In the morning of the 8th of July, the Ca Mau provincial Forest Protection Department in cooperation with local authorities released more than 20 tonnes of rare wild animals of 10 different species, including pythons, tortoises, iguanas, monkeys and snakes to the forest of U Minh Ha National Park. This is the third time this year that the department has returned rare wild animals to the forest. According to Nguyen Van Dau, deputy director of the park, local forest rangers discovered at least 120 cases of illegal animal hunting each month in the area.

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10. Ecuador: Lonesome George to be declared a part of Ecuadorian cultural heritage

SOURCE: vietnamplus.vn - DATE: 8th July 2012

Ecuador initiated the process this week to declare Lonesome George, the last tortoise of its species that died in June of natural causes in the Galapagos Islands, as part of the nation's cultural heritage, the Coordinating Ministry of National and Cultural Heritage said.

"Lonesome George symbolizes the conservation of the natural heritage of the Galapagos Islands and of the planet, while also being part of Ecuador's collective memory and cultural identity," the ministry said.

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