Media release: Beihai clampdown leads to significant reduction in marine turtle trafficking–TRAFFIC

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Yes, Hugh Paxton Blog is back again and, yes it’s environment. Again. Turtles. China. Police busts. Arrests!

OK, Richard can’t spell ‘took’ but that’s just typo crime. We all indulge in that sort of careless frivolity. The point is that China is moving. When it moves properly statistics go into orbit! Deaths and famines, floods and foul water bowel problems usually. But if China goes green then that will be a sight to see!

Cheers from Bangkok!

Hugh

From: Richard Thomas [mailto:richard.thomas@traffic.org]
Sent: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 3:08 PM
To: Richard Thomas
Subject: Media release: Beihai clampdown leads to significant reduction in marine turtle trafficking–TRAFFIC

Dear Media Professional,

Please find below a media release concerning the outcomes of action taken in Beihai, China, against illegal marine turtle trade by enforcement agencies there after TRAFFIC drew their attention to the scale of the trade and confirmed the effectiveness of their actions in follow up surveys.

Attached is one of the retail outlets "before" and "after" this action tok place. I do trust you will find this information of interest. Best regards Richard

Beihai clampdown leads to significant reduction in marine turtle trafficking


Beihai, Guangxi, China, 10th March 2015
—Illegal trade in marine turtles in Beihai has fallen dramatically following a suit of measures including a concerted enforcement clampdown, finds monitoring of the city’s markets by TRAFFIC.

Surveys this January found just 5 Hawksbill Turtle specimens concealed in a single retail outlet in Beihai. By comparison, in May 2014 TRAFFIC had found more than 80 Hawksbill specimens and thousands of Hawksbill shell products during just two days of monitoring.

Beihai had previously been identified by TRAFFIC as a hotspot in the illegal marine turtle trade. [(Market Forces – An Examination of Marine Turtle Trade in China and Japan (PDF, 1.5 MB)]

The May findings had been included with a letter sent by the Guangxi Management Authority for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES MA) to the Beihai municipal government, urging them to take prompt action against the trade.

The latter responded with an intensive, multi-agency enforcement action against the marine turtle trade, involving the Industrial and Commercial Administration, Fishery Department, Forest and Security Police Forces. Between June and October 2014, 12 marine turtle cases were detected and 14 Hawksbill specimens and 959 Hawksbill shell products confiscated.

The action was coupled with public awareness raising initiatives, measures to improve the co-operation between different enforcement agencies and regular inspections of retail outlets in Beihai.

“TRAFFIC applauds the firm action taken by the authorities in Beihai, who are key to combatting the illegal marine turtle trade,” said Zhou Fei, Head of TRAFFIC’s China Office.

“The trade has clearly been suppressed four months after the intensive enforcement action took place and most dealers now clearly understand the trade is illegal and forbidden, but the challenge will be to maintain this situation into the foreseeable future.” said Zhou.

TRAFFIC hopes the latest success in Beihai will be replicated in other Chinese cities, in order to help reduce marine turtle trade at a national scale.

TRAFFIC’s work in combating illegal marine turtle trade in China is generously supported by the WWF Coral Triangle Programme and CEPF.

For more information,please contact:

Sammi Li, Communication Officer, TRAFFIC

Email: Xiaojia.li

One Response to “Media release: Beihai clampdown leads to significant reduction in marine turtle trafficking–TRAFFIC”

  1. Tod Says:

    Interesting make-over. It still looks like a crappy disinterested China office. I bet they sold the turtles! Not an inspiring victory. They’ve just moved the furniture and the decorations. If we want to stop the wildlife trafficking/human trafficking we need to be robust. Fight fire with fire. The opposition is prompted by avarice and has weapons.

    Taking a few turtles off their walls won’t make changes.

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