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Seruiratu marks World Turtle Day

May 24, 2018 5:35 pm

Five Hawksbill Turtles were given the chance to explore the Pacific Ocean after being released at Treasure Island by Agriculture Minister Inia Seruiratu as part of World Turtle Day.

Seruiratu says the turtles were part of the resort’s continuous programme on the protection of turtles that were listed as an endangered species.

He adds with the increase foreshore development, industrialization, pollution and waste disposal, the survival of these endangered species are reduced.

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Adding the turtle population are also threatened by unsustainable and illegal fishing practices and the increase in maritime traffic.

The Minister reiterated it is crucial these threats are addressed among other measures, stronger regulations, effective policies and wide awareness.

World Turtle Day has been celebrated annually on the 23rd of May, since 2000.

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