500 turtles seized on a Chinese vessel by Philippines in the South China Sea

According to BBC News (7/5/2014) Philippine police have seized a Chinese fishing boat carrying 500 endangered sea turtles near the disputed Spratly islands in South China Sea. Its 11 crew
Members were detained.
China’s Xinhua state news agency said the fishing boat – named as Qiongqionghai 09063 – had been seized.
Sunstar reports that the Chinese vessel was carrying 120 live turtles and 234 dead turtles.
Hong Kong has recorded instances of Green sea turtles, Loggerhead, Olive Ridley and Leatherback sea turtles (AFCD). Of these the endangered Green Sea turtle is known to breed in Hong Kong. Sea turtles have very long migration routes, so the turtles seized near the Spratlys could be on their way to nesting sites in Malaysia, gain an, Hong Kong or anywhere in the Pacific.
If you are interested in sea turtle conservation in China, Sea Turtles 911 has a good website with information and volunteering opportunities.

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I am a ex-marine biologist now working for a regular job, but I am still passionate about marine biology and oceanography. I studied Marine Science and completed a PhD in deep-sea ecology and biodiversity. I fell in love with HK's rich marine environment when I was a child. This blog is my collection of interesting facts, news and articles that celebrate and educate on HK's diverse marine environment.

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