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ENVIRONMENT-FIJI: Turtle Slaughter Exposes Toothless Ban
By Shailendra Singh
SUVA, Sep 14 – Following reports of the slaughter of 84 turtles, as part of festivities for an annual church conference, conservationists have called on Pacific Island countries to enforce legislations that ban the killing or molestation of the endangered sea reptiles.
Fijilive.com, the web portal first reported, last week, the slaughter, late August, during the Methodist Church Conference at Macuata, Northern Fiji.
According to the report, Fiji’s Fisheries Department gave the approval for only three turtles to be caught for “traditional purposes” as permitted under a moratorium on turtle hunting.
But five fisheries officers stationed in Macuata to monitor the number of turtles caught by church members later reported that 84 turtles had been captured and slaughtered. …
According to the WWF, all seven species of marine turtles are susceptible to extinction although at varied stages.
“Turtles are migratory species and turtle slaughter here (in Fiji) could be nesting populations from other Pacific islands,’’ Tabunakawai said. “For example, Green turtles come from American Samoa and the Cooks Islands to feed and forage in Fijian waters. Fiji is a turtle feeding hot-spot for the South Pacific.’’