Marine turtles in danger

Critically endangered worldwide, marine turtles are regularly hunted and their meat sold openly in village markets around the country’s Sundarbans, the largest mangrove forest in the world.

A local market in Bajua adjacent to Dangmari Forest Beat Office is one such place where meat of a marine turtle species — lepidochelys olivacea or jolpai kochhop in Bangla — is sold for Tk 120 a kg.

The forest department takes no interest in stopping the illegal poaching, and selling of turtle meat.

The Centre for Advanced Research in Natural Resources & Management (CARINAM), an NGO working on biodiversity, in a recent survey on the status of critically endangered turtles of Bangladesh, found that fishermen collect the turtles and sell them to wholesalers in local markets like Bajua.

Read full story HERE.

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About Candace M Hansen

Wildlife advocate, conservationist and environmentalist.
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