Dept: Turtle killings the work of syndicates

  • Nation
  • Friday, 25 Apr 2014

KOTA KINABALU: Wildlife officials suspect that syndicates are behind the killings of turtles in Semporna, Labuan and Kudat in the last two months as they have found few leads on the incident.

Sabah Wildlife Department director Datuk Dr Laurentius Ambu said yesterday that there was growing suspicion that syndicates were involved.

“It did not look like the work of local fishermen or villagers,” he said.

Dr Laurentius said they were still gathering information over the killings.

“When we asked fishermen around the areas, they said they do not know anything. When we ask the larger fishing companies, they say they only use nets which allows trapped turtles to escape,” he added.

Dr Laurentius said some companies even said that they used turtle excluder devices to ensure that none were trapped and killed when they go fishing.

“We are concerned. It looks like there’s a syndicate here that is killing our turtles for commercial reasons,” he added.

In March, 60 turtle carcasses were found strewn in separate locations around Pulau Tiga in northern Kudat.

Four more green turtles were found in Semporna on April 17, followed by two hawksbill turtle carcasses in Labuan four days later.

Dr Laurentius said wildlife officials and the Tourism, Culture and Environment Ministry would discuss with members of the Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) on ways to prevent syndicates from carrying out their activities.

On the seven-metre whale shark that died after being caught in fishing nets near a coastal resort in Kota Belud district on Sunday, Dr Laurentius said: “The villagers had already buried it when we arrived about two days later. So, we will leave it there for now.”

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Join our Telegram channel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights

Environment , turtles killings sabah


Next In Nation

UK donates 415,000 doses of AstraZeneca to Malaysia
More than 70% of teachers have received at least one Covid-19 vaccine dose, says Khairy
Covid-19: No new clusters, deaths reported in Sarawak over last 24 hours
Covid-19: Malaysia has started discussing securing more vaccine doses for booster shots, children, says KJ
Rice mill raided, 100 underweight bags of rice seized by Domestic Trade Ministry
Singapore got Pfizer vaccine quicker because Temasek Holdings had a stake in BioNTech, says KJ
Court of Appeal sets Sept 2 for decision in forfeiture suit against Umno, Wanita MCA, seven others
MACC chief honoured by Selangor Ruler's nod to commission's effort against corruption
Seremban eatery owner in hot water for claiming to have halal certificate from Jakim
Don't take action against portal for suggesting improvements for vaccination centres, urges Khairy

Stories You'll Enjoy