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Over-harvesting blamed for decreasing turtle numbers

Shayal Devi
Saturday, May 24, 2014

THE dwindling turtle population has been blamed on over-harvesting.

Also an issue is the number of people harvesting without a permit, says World Wildlife Fund (WWF) South Pacific marine species co-ordinator Laitia Tamata.

"As ancient ocean travellers, turtles migrate through Pacific waters to either nest or feed," he said.

"They enter Fiji waters through the Lau Group of islands and from there transit through Tailevu and swim on to Vanua Levu or the Western Division where they nest and feed.

Mr Tamata said they also worked with coastal communities adjacent to waters where turtles migrated, carrying out awareness through the Daunivonu (turtle monitors) network about the need to help grow sea turtle numbers."





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