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ATP WEEKLY TURTLE BULLETIN

No. 4, 6th November 2011

 

1. Malaysia. Malaysia seizes 450 protected snakes and rare turtles

SOURCE: thenews.com.pk – DATE: October 28, 2011

Malaysian authorities have seized nearly 450 protected snakes and turtles - many already dead - that may have been destined for dining tables in neighboring Thailand, an official said on Friday.
A total of 302 cobras, five Malayan box turtles (Mayayemys subtrijuga) and one macaque were confiscated by the wildlife officials while 141 turtles were found dead. Two men were taken into custody and may be sentenced to several years in jail for keeping animals that are protected under Malaysian law.

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2. Da Nang Province, Vietnam. Hot news: An illegal turtle trade was confiscated

SOURCE: dantri.com.vn – DATE: October 29, 2011

In the afternoon of Friday the 28 th of October 2011, Da Nang Environmental Police cooperated with Education for Nature Vietnam (ENV) to follow up on an illegal trade case where a turtle was advertised on the internet for sale. The Bourret's Box turtle (Cuora bourreti) was advertised as rua vang (Cuora trifasciata) by Tran Quoc Tuan who intended to sell it for a price of 10 million VND. Tran Quoc Tuan was arrested and the advertisement removed.

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FOLLOW UP: In the afternoon of November 2 nd , 2011, the Dang Nang Forest Protection Department transferred this turtle to the Turtle Conservation Center in Cuc Phuong National Park.

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3. Binh Duong Province, Vietnam. A new soft-shell turtle incubator was invented in Vietnam

SOURCE: kinhtenongthon.com.vn – DATE: October 31, 2011

Mr. Tran Hoa Van is not only a leading Chinese soft-shell turtle (Pelodiscus sinensis) breeder in Binh Duong, but also the inventor of a new kind of turtle incubator. Mr. Van said that he had many difficulties when he started farming turtles but mostly he struggled with finances and was lacking turtle farming experience. At first, he spent all of his money to buy 100 turtles in Hung Yen, a province that is known to sell good turtles to raise and to farm, but the turtles that Mr. Van bought would only gained 1 kg of weight in two years. He figured that he would not make much profit if he continued to raise these turtles and he searched for a different kind of turtle in Taiwan. At last, he decided to buy 500 Taiwanese turtles which grow very fast and lay many eggs in the breeding season. “In farming turtles, we will waste a lot of time if we wait for natural hatching; moreover, it also affects the turtles' health. I thought to myself: Why not invent a new machine for mass incubation?” Mr. Van said. Already having a concrete idea, he carefully designed his own turtle incubator that already prooved to be successful after the first incubation attempt (100,000 eggs were incubated and 90% of the eggs hatched). Thanks to his invention, he is receiving many orders from foreign countries and his farm is expanding quickly.

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4. Binh Duong Province, Vietnam. A millionaire succeeds in Chinese soft-shell turtle farming in Binh Duong

SOURCE: thanhnien.com.vn – DATE: November 3, 2011

Nguyen An Khang currently has 1,500 Chinese soft-shell turtle (Pelodiscus sinensis) on his farm in Dau Tieng district, Binh Duong province, southern Vietnam. Currently the price for Pelodiscus sinensis is 420,000 – 480,000VND/kg ( $20-23.00/kg) . Mr. Khang claims that he could earn 400 million Dong ($19,250) after his expenses.

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5. Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam. A farmer was willing to release a rare turtle to the sea

SOURCE: thiennhien.net – DATE: October 31, 2011

On October 22 nd , 2011, a farmer, Hoang Van Thuy, captured a sea turtle that weighed 20 kg in the mangrove forest of Dong Rui. Local authorities were aware of this rare species and persuaded Mr. Thuy to release this turtle. The farmer was willing to release it back to the wild. The Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) is listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and protected from exploitation in most countries.

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ATP follow up: According to ENV, the fisherman sold the turtle instead of releasing it.

 

 

 
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