Denmark Helps Vietnam Track Marine Turtles

A project of this kind has never been carried out in Vietnam before, and according to Director of the Con Dao National Park, Le Xuan Ai, the tracking devices attached to three of the amphibians have proved to work well after a series of tests. The devices have already provided data about the turtles’ habitats and routes.
     The project is being implemented by Vietnam’s Ministry of Fisheries, the Con Dao National Park, and the World Conservation Union (IUCN) in Vietnam, yet the funding comes from Denmark’s state-run development organization Danida. The satellites used to track the Green Turtles are provided by the World Wildlife Fund. 

The project is also set to provide managers and conservationists with details about the animals’ search for food and reproduction, thus enabling them to protect the turtles by establishing reserves and other measures.
     Con 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. Their meat and eggs are harvested for foods, drugs, and handicrafts, and they often get caught accidentally in fishermen’s nets and traps, reports Thanh Nien News.

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