A sea turtle on Côn Đảo Island.— VNA/VNS PhotoViet Nam News BÀ RỊA-VŨNG TÀU — Lâm Đức Du, a forest ranger on Côn Đảo Island in the southern province of Bà Rịa Vũng Tàu, wakes up at midnight, picks up his flashlight and goes down to the beach to collect turtle eggs. Under a pineapple bush, a pregnant turtle is lying in a 40cm-deep hole, dug by herself, ready to lay her eggs. Pregnant turtles can lay about 100 eggs in two hours, and she will dig 3-7 nests during the breeding season, which falls between July and September. As usual, Du waits until the turtle finishes laying her eggs then takes them to a facility equipped with incubators. Baby turtles hatch after 45-60 days, but only 1 in a 1,000 survive through to adulthood. Du is a forest ranger whose job is to incubating turtle eggs under a programme to conserve sea turtles in Côn Đảo National Park. Statistics … [Read more...] about Côn Đảo Island pioneers sea turtle protection
Sea turtle issues
The Con Dao National Park in southern Ba Ria-Vung Tau province is the first place in Vietnam to successfully implement a sea turtle conservation and rescue programme through numerous efforts taken since 1987, greatly contributing to the action strategies on biodiversity of the country and the region. Before 1987, marine turtles such as green turtle (Chelonya mydas) and hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricate) were freely hunted in the island for fine art products and food. But after the visits by Prof. Vo Quy from the Hanoi General University and Elizabeth Kemf, Secretary of Greenpeace International, in the middle of that year, local authorities paid more attention to protecting them as recommended by the scientists. The Con Dao district People’s Committee issued a ban on the transport of sea turtles and their products out of the island and a decree on protection of fishing grounds, natural resources and the marine environment in Con Dao. These are important legal foundations … [Read more...] about Bản in : Sea turtles conserved at Con Dao National Park
Thirteen Vietnamese fishermen were arrested after being found in Philippine waters with a haul of protected sea turtles, police said Monday. "Upon initial inspection, it was found out that the said foreign fishing vessel is loaded with undetermined (number of) pieces of dead sea turtles," said Benigno Caabay, a station officer at the Palawan police provincial headquarters, quoting an official report. The 13 are being held at a police camp in Palawan while officers look into filing a case against them, Caabay added. Sea turtles are protected under Philippine law and catching them is punishable by at least 12 years in jail. In recent years, Philippine authorities have frequently caught foreigners, often Chinese, catching or buying sea turtles in the waters off Palawan. In November last year, in the same area where the Vietnamese were caught, the Philippine navy rescued more than 100 sea turtles from poachers. But the fishermen, whom authorities believed to be Chinese, … [Read more...] about 13 Vietnamese arrested in Philippines over sea turtles
Sea turtle to find safe haven in Viet Nam (25-01-2006) HA NOI — A new project to protect and conserve sea turtles in Viet Nam and the 2006 International Year of the Turtle, have been launched by WWF Greater Mekong's Viet Nam Country Programme, with the collaboration of the Research Institute for Marine Fisheries (RIMF) and the World Conservation Union (IUCN) Viet Nam. The Year of the Turtle celebration at RIMF in Hai Phong will include presentations at Do Son Secondary School, the release of a once-stranded green sea turtle by students and a beach clean-up. "Five species of sea turtles are found in Vietnamese waters, and all five are officially listed as threatened by the government of Viet Nam," said Dr Chu Tien Vinh, vice director of RIMF. "Progress has been good in advancing activities identified in Viet Nam's National Marine Turtle Action Plan, including initiatives related to nesting beach management, awareness, education, and policy. However, more needs to be done, … [Read more...] about Sea turtle to find safe haven in Viet Nam
ItÃ¢ÂÂs still unclear about the fate of the 102 sea turtles which were seized in July in Binh Dinh province. Will the dead turtles be sold or ruined? Conservationists have urged the Binh Dinh provincial PeopleÃ¢ÂÂs Committee to announce soon about how it will deal with the 102 sea turtles. However, to date, no proper solution has been found, while the case is still considered "sensitive". The 102 sea turtles were seized by the Binh Dinh provincial market control sub-department from a smuggling case. The turtle individuals were carried from the south to the north and were captured by the relevant taskforces in Tuy Phuoc Town in Binh Dinh province. They are big in size with the shellsÃ¢ÂÂ length of between 0.38 and 0.85 meters. They are all dead and have been preserved frozen since then. Though the preservation of the turtles has gobbled up big money, itÃ¢ÂÂs now still unclear about what to do with them. A lot of individuals and preservation institutions in Vietnam have … [Read more...] about More than 100 sea turtles seized, and what’s next?