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Thursday
Feb 14 2008

Indonesia tightens tortoise trade regulations

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Indian Star Tortoises being traded illegally and in filthy conditions © Chris R. Shepherd / TRAFFIC Southeast Asia Click photo to enlarge
Cambridge, UK—In reponse to a TRAFFIC report, An overview of the regulation of the freshwater turtle and tortoise pet trade in Jakarta, Indonesia , launched last month, the Indonesian Government has acted swiftly to tighten up regulations on importing exotic species of tortoises and turtles into the country.

The report highlights the rampant illegal trade in tortoises and turtles in the pet markets of the nation’s captial, Jakarta.

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Friday
Feb 01 2008

Turtle identification guide launched

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Singapore, 1 February 2008— TRAFFIC Southeast Asia and Singapore Zoo today launched a turtle guidebook titled An Identification Guide to the Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles of Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore and Timor Leste . The guidebook, will meet one of the most pressing needs - the correct identification of species commonly traded (both legally and illegally) in the region, by enforcement officers and conservationists.

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Tuesday
Jan 08 2008

Illegal pet trade threatens freshwater turtles and tortoises—TRAFFIC

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The annual Indonesia quota for Malayan Snail-eating Turtles Malayemys subtrijuga is 2,500, 90% of them destined for export © Chris R Shepherd / TRAFFIC  Click to enlarge.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 8 January 2008—An increasing demand for exotic freshwater turtles and tortoises in Southeast Asia is fuelling rampant illegal trade in the pet markets of Indonesia, according to a report released today by TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network.

TRAFFIC investigators undertook surveys of pet markets in Jakarta and found 48 species of freshwater turtles and tortoises for sale, the vast majority of them illegally obtained.

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Tuesday
Jun 12 2007

Caribbean marine turtles: CITES action on over-exploitation

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Over-exploitation is threatening the survival of Hawksbill Turtles in the Caribbean region © Steven Broad/TRAFFIC Click to enlarge
The Hague, Netherlands, 12 June 2007—Over-exploitation of marine turtles in legal fisheries and through illegal harvest and trade poses a major threat to the survival of marine turtles across the Wider Caribbean Region, according to a new report launched today by TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network.

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Thursday
Mar 29 2007

Turtle poachers apprehended

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Poachers have been caught with almost 300 marine turtles in Malaysian waters © WWF-Canon / Roger LeGUEN Click to enlarge
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, 29 March 2007—For the second time in three days, Chinese fishing boats in Malaysian waters off Sabah have been seized carrying cargoes of endangered marine turtles. On 26 March, a boat carrying 72 mixed Green and Hawksbill turtles was apprehended and six people arrested. Three days later, poachers were caught red-handed with a cargo of 220 Green and Hawksbill Turtles.

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