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ATP WEEKLY TURTLE BULLETIN
No. 61, 29th December 2012
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2. Hai Phong province, Vietnam: Illegal turtle shells and pangolin scales
SOURCE: Thanh Niên Online - thanhnien.com.vn - DATE: 27th December 2012
Customs officers in the northern sea port of Chua Ve, Hai Phong province have confiscated 2.6 tons of t urtle shells and pangolin scales that were concealed among snail shells on a boat. This is one of several cases that Hai Phong customs revealed recently.
5. Karachi city, Pakistan: Rare turtle seen along Sindh coast
SOURCE: THE NEWS INTERNATIONAL- thenews.com.pk - DATE: 29th December 2012
Marine scientists associated with the World Wildlife Fund-Pakistan have recently observed rare Olive Ridley turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea) on Pakistani shores. The endangered sea turtle was believed to have become extinct in Pakistan several years ago. WWF-Pakistan officials confirmed on Friday that they have recorded a viable population of Olive Ridley turtles in Pakistan after seven years of the species' absence. “The rediscovery of Olive Ridley turtles in Pakistani waters is a good sign indicating that the marine environment, which is seriously threatened by marine pollution, habitat degradation and fishing operations, still is healthy enough for this unique species to survive here,” said Rab Nawaz, a WWF-Pakistan official. He also said that it is necessary to declare a marine protected area to ensure that the turtles remain and thrive in Pakistani waters.