An Assessment of the Marine Turtle Products Trade in Viet Nam 23/05/2009
Author: TRAFFIC / WWF
The authors of the report say that marine turtles are vanishing from Viet Nam's waters and illegal trade is largely to blame. Large marine turtles are now virtually absent from Viet Nams waters except for Green Turtles around the Con Dao Islands National Park. The Viet Nam Government prohibited the exploitation of marine turtles in 2002 but the survey finds the trade has continued, though at a reduced rate. Government enforcement of illegal marine turtle catching, processing and trade has been uneven at best. The study recommends that authorities look into finding alternative sources of income for communities dependent on the sale of marine turtle products, expand existing awareness programmes and confiscate and destroy all marine turtle products that remain on sale.