Turtle poachers apprehended in Malaysia

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Malaysian authorities have seized several Chinese fishing boats off the northern coast of Borneo carrying cargoes of endangered marine turtles.

On 26 March, a boat carrying 72 mixed green and hawksbill turtles was apprehended and six people arrested. Three days later poachers were caught red-handed with a larger cargo of 220 green and hawksbill turtles.

All species of marine turtles found in the waters of Malaysia’s Sabah Province are protected under the Fisheries Act and the Wildlife Enactment laws. Violations of the Wildlife Enactment carry a penalty up to MYR50,000 (US$14,500) and/or five years in jail.