Fewer sea turtles coming inland to lay eggs

The number of sea turtles coming to inland areas in Nui Chua National Park in the south-central province of Ninh Thuan has decreased, according to the national park management board.

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Sea turtles return to the sea in Núi Chúa National Park.


The national park is home to Thịt, Hõm and Ngang beaches, where sea turtles regularly lay eggs. Apart from Côn Đảo National Park in Bà Rịa-Vũng Tàu Province, the beaches are some of the most important sea turtle nesting grounds in the country.

In 2016, the Núi Chúa National Park recorded 73 instances of sea turtles coming to the areas to lay eggs, digging 24 nests. More than 1,500 baby turtles were returned to the sea. Last year there were only 21 instances in which turtles laid eggs. Turtles dug 10 nests and 681 baby turtles were returned to the sea.

As of August 2018, there have been only 12 instances of egg-laying this year, with six nests. Three species – green sea, hawksbill and loggerhead – historically lay eggs in the area. But in recent times, only green sea turtles have been seen.

According to the management board of Núi Chúa National Park, climate change, prolonged sunshine and droughts have reduced the humidity of the sand, making conditions unsuitable for turtles to lay eggs.

Nguyễn Sĩ Hùng, head of the park’s sea preservation division, said that destructive fishing activities such as using dynamite, toxic chemicals and coral mining seriously affected the living environment of sea turtles.

"Turtles can be suffocated in fishing nets. Egg-laying areas and sea turtles’ feeding sources have been narrowed by construction work," he said.

Since 2000, the Núi Chúa National Park, with assistance from World Wildlife Fund, Global Environment Fund and Institute of Oceanography, has conducted projects to study the egg-laying habits of sea turtles, aiming to develop egg-laying area protection plans and conduct sea turtle rescues.

A sea animal rescue centre was built to save and treat turtles that are trapped or caught and return them to the sea.

Local residents have volunteered to protect turtles by taking part in training courses on how to protect baby turtles from being destroyed by natural disasters and how to protect eggs from tide waters.

The national park is working on building a network of areas in Việt Nam which can receive and save sea turtles.

The People’s Committee of Ninh Thuận Province has ordered relevant sectors to supervise the activities of transporting, keeping and selling sea turtles and their eggs.

Tourism agencies and Núi Chúa National Park must ensure that tourist visits to the egg-laying areas will not affect animal protection work.

Quang Nam attempts to help endangered langurs

The central province of Quang Nam has planned to buy forest land from local people to increase the protection of endangered gray-shanked douc langurs.


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Gray-shanked douc langurs in Quang Nam


On August 9, a delegation of Quang Nam authorities led by vice chairman of provincial People’s Committee Le Tri Thanh surveyed the habitat of the langurs at Tam My Tay Commune, Nui Thanh District. 

According to Quang Nam Forest Protection Department, there are around 20 gray-shanked douc langurs living in at least two herds on just a mere 10-hectares of primary forest in Nui Thanh District.

Thanh said that the environment for the species is too limited and especially affected by the farming activities of local residents.

He stressed the need to enhance public awareness about the risks the langurs are facing to prevent illegal hunting.

The province has also planned to buy local land to expand the environment for the langurs around the Hon Do Mountain area. The reforestation of the primary forest will be conducted to give them a better habitat.

The gray-shanked douc langurs have been listed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUNC) Red List as one of the world’s 25 Most Critically Endangered primates worldwide and only found living in Vietnam. However, they are on the verge of being wiped out.



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