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No. 176, 3rd April 2015

1. Indonesian government must protect pig-nosed turtles from extinction
SOURCE: – DATE: 28th March 2015

As the illegal trade of wildlife continues to flourish, the government needs to work harder to crack down on pet trade to protect the endangered Pig-nosed Turtles (Carettochelys insculpta) from extinction. Pig-nosed turtles are in constant danger of both human and environmental threats, as a result of which their population continues to decline. Therefore, the government needs to take measures to prevent smugglers from capturing these animals.

On Wednesday, the Bakauheni seaport police in South Lampung district, Lampung province, Indonesia foiled an attempt to smuggle 41 pig-nosed turtles. The protected pitted-shelled turtles were discovered in a truck with police plate BH 8888 GU, which was en route from Jambi province in Sumatra Island to Jakarta, according to Chief of the Bakauheni seaport police Adjunct Commissioner Feria Kurniawan.

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2. The USA: Alligator snapper turtles slow to recover from heavy decline
SOURCE: – DATE: 28th March 2015

North America’s largest freshwater turtle – the Alligator Snapper (Macrochelys temminckii) – has gained little ground in Georgia, despite being protected from commercial harvest for more than two decades, according to a new study. Commercial trapping, mainly for the turtle soup meat market, peaked in the 1970s and 1980s, but by the early 1990s their numbers had declined dramatically. In 1992, the alligator snapper was declared a state threatened species and protected from harvest.
Lora Smith, of the Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center in Newton, Ga., worked with a team who caught, measured and released alligator snappers in the Flint River several months ago. Although scientists expected the survey would yield a more abundant population, the catch rate was only slightly better than a similar study conducted in the same area in 1989. The sparse numbers, Smith said, help illustrate the difficulty in restoring the slow-growing species.

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3. India: Unseasonal showers affect nesting of turtles in Chambal
SOURCE: – DATE: 29th March 2015

Excessive discharge of water from dams and barrages in Rajasthan and unseasonal rain have affected nesting of hard-shell turtles in National Chambal Sanctuary, India. A major stretch of Chambal River from upstream in Agra to downstream in Etawah coming under the National Chambal Sanctuary area, is widely known for nesting of hard-shell turtles during this time of the year. The sandy banks and sand-dune islands in the midstream are considered to be the favourite sites and congenial place for nesting of these turtles. Due to natural and man-made disasters, wildlife activists expressed concern over destruction of nesting sites of the endangered aquatic species.

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4. Australia: Freshwater turtles released at Lake Bonney in South Australia Riverland to fight sharp decline in numbers
SOURCE: – DATE: 29th March 2015

An environment group and university researchers are teaming up to try to stem a sharp decline in turtle numbers in the Riverland of South Australia. Authorities estimate the Murray River Turtle (Emydura macquarii)population has dropped by as much as 90 per cent over the past four decades. A team in the Riverland is keen to find out more about why the turtles are facing a struggle to thrive.
About 2,000 hatchlings bred at Barmera have now been released at nearby Lake Bonney in an initiative by a regional environment group.

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5. The USA: Threatened sea turtle found dead in trash at beach park
SOURCE: – DATE: 30th March 2015

Federal officials will conduct research on a threatened Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas) that was found dead in some trash at a Waianae beach park.
Yellow caution tape was wrapped around the charcoal bin where the turtle was found surrounded by garbage and beer bottles Sunday at Maili Beach Park, Honolulu news station Hawaii News Now reported. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration contracted University of Hawaii students to pick up the body so the agency can determine what killed the animal that is protected as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.
It's disrespectful for a creature that's highly revered in Hawaiian culture to end up in the trash, said Kehau Watson-Sproat, owner of Native Hawaiian advocacy group Honua Consulting.

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6. Volunteers clean up Puerto Rican beaches to help sea turtles nest
SOURCE: – DATE: 30th March 2015

Hundreds of volunteers hit the sand this weekend to clean up the beach in Unico de Dorado, a city in northern Puerto Rico, to help Leatherback sea turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) nest.
The Chelonia group and the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources, or DRNA, organized Saturday's beach clean-up. The beach in Unico has been the most active nesting area for leatherbacks in Puerto Rico for years and one of the most important in the Caribbean, Natural and Environmental Resources Secretary Carmen Guerrero said in a statement.

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