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World Turtles Day Campaign Held in Sanya

DATE:2018-05-31       SOURCE:MARA
On May 23, a campaign on World Turtles Day and the China Sea Turtle Conservation Alliance Founding Ceremony were held in Sanya, Hainan Province concurrently. These events were sponsored by Bureau of Fisheries of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Departments of Ocean and Fisheries in Hainan Province, Guangdong Province as well as Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, and organized by National Aquatic Wildlife Conservation Association.
Zhang Xianliang, Director-General of Bureau of Fisheries of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, made a keynote speech and declared the establishment of the China Sea Turtle Conservation Alliance. The alliance comprises more than 90 members, including government authorities, law enforcement agencies, management bodies of conservation zones, academic institutes, non-governmental organizations, aquariums and enterprises. Li Yanliang, Chairman of the China Sea Turtle Conservation Alliance, expressed that the Alliance will play a better role in facilitating communication and coordination, establish platforms for all parties and unite more powers committed to turtle conservation.


After the founding ceremony, 37 turtles, rescued or confiscated recently in Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi and Hainan, were released and over 6000 items of aquatic wildlife parts and products that were confiscated from those regions were destroyed. The illegal products included red coral reef specimens, giant clams, green sea turtles, hawksbill turtles, sea horses, crown conches, pearly nautilus and cypraea tigris, about 40 metric tons in total, valued at more than 100 million yuan.

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