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Philippine police find 120 captured sea turtles in swamp

Philippine police said Friday they rescued 120 protected sea turtles found hidden in a pen inside a mangrove swamp, apparently intended for sale to foreign traders. It is just the latest case of sea turtles captured in the western island of Palawan where various species are known to congregate said local police chief Senior Superintendent David Martinez. A police patrol in Balabac town on Tuesday came upon a huge pen containing 120 live sea turtles of various species and sizes hidden under the branches of mangroves, he said.

13 Vietnamese arrested in Philippines over sea turtles

Thirteen Vietnamese fishermen were arrested after being found in Philippine waters with a haul of protected sea turtles, police said Monday. The fishermen were caught on Friday off the western Philippine island of Palawan, in waters near the South China Sea where authorities say foreign poaching of endangered or protected species has become a major problem.

Scientists try to determine why sea turtles are not nesting in Nicaragua

Managua, Sep 9 (EFE).- Sea turtles arrive in large numbers every year in August on Nicaragua's Pacific coast to nest, but only a few of the marine creatures have made the journey this season, creating a mystery that scientists are trying to solve. The government blames climate change for the scarce numbers of sea turtles in 2013, but scientists consulted by Efe have their own theories.

Over 500 sea turtle hatchlings released off Florida

Miami, Sep 8 (EFE).- U.S. Coast Guard and Gumbo Limbo Nature Center personnel released 505 sea turtle hatchlings in the Atlantic off Boca Raton, Florida, after keeping the creatures in captivity to help ensure their survival, officials said. The nature center, which works to protect sea turtles, requested assistance in doing the large release, the Coast Guard said in a statement. The Gumbo Limbo Nature Center cared for the eggs until the hatchlings could be released in the Atlantic on Thursday around 1:30 p.m.

U.S. certifies Mexican shrimp imports

Mexico City, Aug 12 (EFE).- The U.S. government has certified that the programs implemented by Mexico's shrimp industry to protect sea turtles are acceptable, opening the way for shrimp fishermen to continue exporting their catch to the United States, the Mexican Agriculture Secretariat said. Mexico's shrimp industry exported 26,182 tons of the crustaceans, including both shrimp caught in the wild and shrimp grown on farms, to the United States in 2012, generating $251 million in revenues, the secretariat said.

Mexico to play bigger role in protecting sea turtles

Mexico City, Jul 2 (EFE).- Mexico has been elected to preside over the Inter-American Convention for the Protection and Conservation of Sea Turtles, or IAC, for the 2013-2015 period, National Protected Natural Areas Commissioner Luis Fueyo Mac Donald said. Participants at the June 26-28 6th Conference of IAC Members in Ecuador's Galapagos Islands agreed that promoting sea turtles' recovery in the Pacific Ocean is a priority because the marine animals are seriously threatened, Fueyo said.

U.S. commits to protecting loggerhead sea turtle habitat by 2014

By David Adams (Reuters) - The Obama administration has agreed by July 1 to map out areas to protect nesting beaches for endangered loggerhead sea turtles as part of a legal settlement with conservation groups. The U.S. Department of Commerce agreed to the deadline for a preliminary proposal on the critical habitat of loggerheads in the U.S. Atlantic and Pacific oceans and in the Gulf of Mexico, under an agreement filed on Thursday in U.S. District Court in California.

Four Seasons Resorts Maldives introduce a website dedicated to marine conservation projects

In response to guests’ wishes to be kept updated on its many ongoing marine conservation projects, Four Seasons Resorts Maldives has launched - a website dedicated to the work of the Resorts’ marine conservation teams.The site features the history, progress and plans of all of the key marine projects at both Four Seasons Resort Landaa Giraavaru and Four Seasons Resort Kuda Huraa: from the Reefscapers coral reef regeneration project to The Maldivian Sea Turtle Conservation Programme, as well as details of The Manta Trust charity.Interactive components on

Study maps accidental killings of sea turtles

Sea turtles can get accidentally caught and killed in fishing operations, and new research out Monday seeks to map this phenomenon for the first time in a bid to save the endangered creatures. The study in the journal Ecosphere said sea turtles in the East Pacific, North Atlantic, Southwest Atlantic and Mediterranean face the highest bycatch mortality rates.

Experts warn Mexico of high sea turtle mortality rates

Mexico City, Mar 13 (EFE).- International experts have warned President Enrique Peña Nieto that Mexico is experiencing high mortality rates among sea turtles off the coast of the northwestern state of Baja California Sur, the Mexican Center for Environmental Law, or CEMDA, said. The Marine Turtle Specialist Group, or MTSG, sent a letter to Peña Nieto advising him that Baja California Sur has some of the highest sea turtle death rates in the world, CEMDA said in a statement.
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