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No. 69, 4th March 2013

Quang Ninh province, Vietnam: 942 kg of turtles illegally transported

SOURCE: Lao Dong news online;
DATE: 23rd February 2013

On the 21st February 2013, the Environmental Crime Prevention Team of the Hạ Long Police department discovered a van illegally transporting 942 kg of two turtle species: Yellow headed temple turtles (Heosemys annandalii) and Orange headed temple turtles (Heosemys grandis) and 363 kg of snakes (various species) from Uong Bi city to Mong Cai city. The driver of the car took advantage of special permits from the Forest Protection Departments (FPD) of Ha Nam and Vinh Long provinces, however there were 200kg of Yellow-headed temple turtles (Heosemys annandalii) that were not listed on the Ha Nam permission paper. The animals were meant to be sold in China for consumption.

ATP Note:
According to Education for Nature of Vietnam, all wildlife was transferred to Provincial Forest Protection Department.

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2. USA: Pacific leatherback turtle faces extinction in 20 years

SOURCE: Reuters; – DATE: 27th February 2013

The giant Pacific leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea), known for its arduous 6,000-mile ocean trek from the U.S. West Coast to breeding grounds in Indonesia, could go extinct within 20 years as its population continues to plummet, scientists say. Sea turtles have been around about 100 million years and survived the extinction of the dinosaurs but are struggling to survive the impact of humans. The Pacific leatherback braves a transpacific journey that is one of the longest migrations in nature. Experts say its continued existence is imperilled by threats like climate change, plastic pollution, fishing methods, predation and human hunting.

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3. Costa Rica: Environment causing turtle deaths

SOURCE: Costarican Times;
DATE: 24th February 2013

Follow up from news covered in Bulletin No.66 Coastal Marine System of National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC) has recently given a report saying that the changes in water conditions are causing death to a number of turtles in the Gulf of Dulce off the Costa Rican coastline. Some of these conditions include a large amount of fecal matter in the water, a red tide, parasites and illegal long-line fishing. Luis Doubles, President of the Institute of Fisheries and Aquaculture (INCOPESCA), confirmed that the number of dead turtles found is 106 instead of 240 as the environmental organizations declared. However, only 2 turtles were autopsied by INCOPESCA and SINAC did the research on 4 samples. Doubles ordered the Coast Guard to take responsibility to limit the number of fishermen using live bait to catch fish.

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4. Bac Giang province, Vietnam: Wildlife confiscated on the move

SOURCE: Công an nhân dân Online;
DATE: 28th February 2013

Yesterday morning traffic wardens of Van Trung commune, Viet Yen district, Bac Giang province stopped a truck for violation of Vietnam's Law for Road Traffic and found a large amount of wildlife inside for which the driver had no legal documents. The confiscation included 18 monitors (11.5 kg), 34 turtles (19 kg; 19 Keeled box turtles (Cuora mouhotii), 3 Black marsh turtles (Siebenrockiella crassicollis), 9 Elongated tortoises (Indotestudo elongata), 3 Giant Asian pond turtles (Heosemys grandis)), 5 pangolins (23kg), 1 python (8kg), and 3 snakes.

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