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The bodies of eight sea turtles were found on the northeastern coast of Taiwan on Sunday (Feb. 23), and researchers believe fishing activities to be the cause of the endangered animals’ deaths.
Seven green sea turtles were found dead on the shores between Nanya in Ruifang District and Longdone in Gongliao District of New Taipei City on Sunday. On the same day, another sea turtle was discovered in Bali District, also in New Taipei City.
Researchers from National Taiwan Ocean University rushed to the sites to perform autopsies before Coast Guard personnel buried the bodies nearby.
The eight turtles were identified as green sea turtles — a protected species whose numbers have been shrinking around Taiwan and its outlying islands over the years. Among them was a mature female measuring approximately 120 to 130 centimeters in length, and the others were adolescents.
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Turtles and rays found dead in fishing nets, in Vitória – Photo: Reproduction / TV Gazeta
About 25 turtles are found dead per week by groups of environmentalists in Vitória because of fishing nets in prohibited places. In 2020, the city hall of the capital seized almost 20 thousand meters of nets in seven operations to combat illegal fishing in the municipality, in partnership with environmental agencies.
The undersecretary of Environment of Vitória, Ademir Barbosa, explains that the inspection is carried out in places where fishing is prohibited. This area of environmental protection is called Baía das Tartarugas and comprises the Port of Tubarão to the Farol de Santa Luzia.
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More than 200 carcasses of the endangered Olive Ridley sea turtles have washed up on the beaches near Paradip port of Odisha over the last couple of weeks raising concerns among wildlife conservationists about their future.
Conservationists in Paradip said more than a hundred Olive Ridley turtles were found dead on the beach between the Hanuman temple and Sandhakuda area on Friday morning with dogs and crows feasting on the carcasses.
“The entire beach is stinking with the rotting carcasses of the turtles. Though there is a prohibition on fishing in 20 km distance from the coast, trawler operators are fishing resulting in the turtles either getting entangled in gill nets or mauled by the propellers of the mechanised boats,” alleged Hemant Rout, an environmentalist and secretary of the Gahirmatha Marine Turtles and Mangrove Conservation Society. Rout said tourists who had come to take a walk on the beach were disgusted to see the carcasses lying all over the area.
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About 25 turtles were found dead last Thursday (23), in Barra Velha, on the northern coast of the state. According to FUNDEMA (Municipal Foundation for the Environment), some of the animals were already in an advanced state of decomposition.
According to the City Hall, teams of the foundation, along with volunteers, carried out cleaning work at the mouth of Barra do Rio Itapocu, when they located the turtles in an area of forest. There is still no information on how the turtles got there.
The animals, which had been in the area for less time, were collected by the Santos Basin Beaches Monitoring Project (PMP-BS) team. The others, due to the advanced state of decomposition, remain in place.
Now, FUNDEMA is waiting for the Joinville Environmental Military Police to investigate the case. Depending on what is found, an investigation must be opened with the Civil Police.
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At least 13 turtles were found dead on the coast of Alagoas, Brazil.
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The businessman Tigo Navilli made an appeal yesterday afternoon (13), on social networks, to the City Hall of Salvador and to the Tamar Project, after rescuing 192 baby sea turtles nestled between the cacti and the grass of Praia do Flamengo. According to him, 83 of them were alive and 109 were dead.
“It was by chance, I noticed a puppy in the sand and I was looking to try to see some more. I noticed a strange noise in the grass and the leaves were shaking. I approached, it was incredible, it looked like ants. I started to take my hand little by little to release it in the sea, until it didn’t work anymore, and I had to put it on my hat ”, he said.
Tigo says that the location, in which he found the young, made it difficult for the turtles to survive and requested that “the responsible bodies take action”.
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Close to 300 rare green turtles have been found dead on the beaches of southern Mexico, killed by a red tide of microalgae caused in part by climate change, authorities said.
The algae feeds tiny fish called salp that are toxic to turtles. It reached the shores of Oaxaca state a little over two weeks ago, the Federal Attorney’s Office for Environmental Protection said on Thursday.
A total of 292 turtles were found dead, it said, adding that 27 were saved and will be nursed back to health before being released back into the wild.
The animals are endangered green turtles, which can grow up to 1.5 metres (5 feet) long. They nest all along the Mexican coast as well as elsewhere around the world, including off the shores of Hawaii and Australia.
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A total of 25 turtles were found dead in Sepang Bay in Bengkulu. (bengkulu.antaranews.com/-)
A total of 25 dead turtles found in the waters of Sepang Bay in Bengkulu, with the latest discovered on Friday, may possibly have been killed by rising sea temperatures, an expert has said.
A marine science lecturer from Bengkulu University, Dewi Purnama, said marine biota live in an environment with temperatures ranging from 28 and 30 degrees Celsius.
“The temperature in the waters of Bengkulu has risen to between 27 and 31 degrees Celsius. Naturally, an increase of just one degree is still considered high,” she said recently, Antara news agency reported.
“I don’t have the capability to declare whether the cause of death of the turtles in Sepang Bay has anything to do with power plant’s liquid waste disposal that might affect the sea temperature without further examination,” she added.
The plant she referred to is the Teluk Sepang coal-fired power plant.
Each marine animal or plant needs a certain temperature for living and has various tolerance rates for maximum and minimum temperatures, she said.
When the temperature of their environment rises drastically, physiological disruptions occur. Marine biota that cannot adapt to the changes may die.
The Kanopi Bengkulu ecology protection foundation has recorded that 25 protected sea turtles have been found dead in the area over the past three months.
Kanopi Bengkulu head Ali Akbar said he suspected the turtles died because of the rising seawater temperatures surrounding an outlet for liquid waste disposal.
“Because the majority of dead turtles were found near the sewer,” he told The Jakarta Post on Monday.
A laboratory report done by the Bengkulu Natural Resources Conservation Agency had not been released even though the examination was done more than one month ago, he said.
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Local residents have found another dead sea turtle washed up on a beach near Baai Island Port in the city of Bengkulu, on Thursday, making it the 10th dead turtle discovered in the area over the past two months.
The carcass was found between rocks by a group of locals who went fishing at around 4 p.m. local time. The cause of the sea turtle’s death is unknown.
“We found a dead turtle at Lentera Merah [beach] last evening, its head had already decomposed,” said Arif, one of the fishermen, on Friday.
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Villagers denounced the discovery of some 130 dead turtles by illegal fishing nets in Soto La Marina, in Tamaulipas.
“What happens is that the turtles arrive they enter the net, they suffocate, as you know the turtle has to go out for air, they suffocate, the fishermen arrive, they take out their net, and when they see the turtles or other species go of fish that they are not interested in throwing them out of the sea back and the sea will really take it from us, ”said Alejandro Garza Peña, a member of the Parks and Biodiversity Commission.
The member of the Parks and Biodiversity Commission, Alejandro Garza Peña, said that he began with the corresponding procedure, so that those responsible are fined.
“We are thinking of proposing to CONAPESCA to make an agreement with the state to grant us those powers, so that we can grant them to the fishing secretariat for example, that we have the powers to be able to collect those nets, and put a fine, ”Garza Peña added.
La Pesca, is the most extensive reservoir along the Gulf coast, with an area of 230 kilometers of salt water, and is considered an area protected by the wide variety of water birds, as well as being the nesting site of the lora turtle.
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