Viet Nam News
Quảng Nam — The sub-department of Captured Fisheries and Aquatic Resource Protection of Quảng Nam in collaboration with the environment police and local fishermen released a hawksbill sea turtle into the sea yesterday.
The turtle, a critically endangered sea turtle belonging to the family Cheloniidae, was caught by local fishermen in coastal Tam Thanh Commune in Tam Kỳ City.
Its shell was measured at 40cm long and 30cm wide, and it weighed 5.5kg.
The turtle was included in Red List of International Union for Conservation of Nature and Việt Nam.
Central Quảng Nam Province plans to conserve sea turtles by building a sea turtle rescue centre in Chàm Island, off the coast of Hội An, and a hatching centre.
The province has released 14 sea turtles in the past three years in waters off Chàm Island.
Việt Nam has five species of sea turtles living in water off islands of Trường Sa (Spratly), Hoàng Sa (Paracels), Bạch Long Vỹ, Thổ Chu and Cô Tô and provinces of Quảng Ninh and Quảng Trị, and from Quảng Nam to Phú Yên. — VNS