December 6, 2022
QUẢNG TRỊ — A 70kg sea turtle that was accidentally caught in the net of a local fisherman was released back to the sea in the central province of Quảng Trị on Tuesday.
Soldiers from the border guard post in Cửa Việt port collaborated with the local authorities to release the sea turtle.
Major Nguyễn Văn Anh, political commissar of the border post, said in the early morning of the same day, the animal was found by Nguyễn Văn Đức, who was casting a fishing net about five nautical miles off the coast of Gio Linh. The 50-year-old fisherman then alerted the border guards, who helped him free the marine reptile.
The Olive ridley sea turtle, listed among endangered and rare species that need urgent protection, had its health checked and was tagged before being released.
In Việt Nam, any act of illegally hunting, killing, raising, confining, possessing, transporting, or trading in sea turtles or their parts and products is a serious violation of the law and may be subject to prosecution with a penalty of up to 15 years in prison. — VNS