Indonesia: Protected green turtles traded, eaten in Sumba
Protected green turtles are being illegally hunted and freely traded by fishermen in Perokonda, Kodi district, Southwest Sumba regency, Sumba Island, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) for consumption, a researcher says.
Marthin Angga, a member of the 2015 Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia Expedition Team, said researchers had found empty turtle carapaces on Perokonda Beach.
“During turtle season [April-September], local people can catch between 10 and 30 turtles a day. Some are for their own consumption; others, including the eggs, are for sale,” Marthin told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.
He said fishermen often unintentionally caught turtles in their nets when they went to the beach to lay eggs.
“Other fishermen specifically hunt for turtles,” he added.
Fishermen, according to Marthin, sell turtle meat for between Rp 500,000 (US$38) and Rp 1,000,000 per kilogram, while turtle eggs sell for Rp 5,000 each.
He added that some people in Perokonda had acknowledged that turtles were protected. However, no stern legal action had been taken against violators ...
The green turtle, according to Marthin, had long been under threat because of natural factors and human activities.
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Image: Green sea turtle, by Brocken Inaglory