Vietnam has, for
the first time, begun to track Green Turtles through
satellite, studying their habitat in an effort to protect
the endangered species.
Director of the Con Dao National Park, Le Xuan Ai, said
recently after one month of testing tracking devices
attached to three of the amphibians that they worked
have been providing data about the turtles’ habitats
added the project would also provide managers and conservationists
details about the animals’ search for food and reproduction,
thus enabling them to protect the turtles by establishing
reserves and other measures.
project is being implemented by the Ministry of Fisheries,
Con Dao National Park, and the World Conservation Union
(IUCN) in Vietnam with funding by the Danish embassy
and satellite provided by the World Wildlife Fund.
Dao National Park is the most important breeding ground
for marine turtles in the country.
However, surveys and research projects have shown that
their populations in Vietnam have been heavily impacted
for many decades by human activities.
meat and eggs are harvested for foods, drugs, and handicrafts,
and in several areas they get caught accidentally in
fishermen’s nets and traps.
species of marine turtles are listed in the Vietnam
Red List Book and protected under Vietnamese legislation.