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
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 … [Read more...] about Sea turtle to find safe haven in Viet Nam
VietNamNet Bridge – It’s 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 People’s 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 shells’ 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, it’s now still unclear about what to do with them. A lot of individuals and … [Read more...] about More than 100 sea turtles seized, and what’s next?
VietNamNet Bridge – A lot of regulations have been promulgated, while a lot of action plans have been drawn up within the framework of the sea conservation strategy. However, not much has been done to protect the sea. Local authorities turn “deaf ears” on proposals on sea protection At a meeting with the press, Truong Kinh, Director of the Nha Trang Bay Marine Protected Area (MPA) said the MPA nearly does not have its voice in the issues relating to the economic development of the locality. “Our proposals on sea protection have been ignored when the localities grant investment licenses to tourism projects,” Kinh said. “Especially, in the eyes of investors, we are like the big hindrances for their investment projects, while in the eyes of many local people, we are the obstacles for the local economic development,” he added. Also according to Kinh, as for the tourism, resort and hotel projects on the Hon Tre Island, which … [Read more...] about Sea conversation strategy remains on paper