Bigeye Thresher Shark (Alopias superciliosus) caught off Boac, Marinduque last 20 February. Photo by JVictoria.

Source: Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines Facebook

“Both Turtle carcasses were partly decomposed. The turtles are believed to have died a week ago at sea,” said State Fisheries Department director Abdul Khalil Abdul Karim.
Photo: Bernama

Malaysia: Two Green Turtle carcasses found
By Zarina Abdullah, 30 March 2016;

Two Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas) carcasses were found on the beaches of Paka and Kerteh yesterday.

State Fisheries Department director Abdul Khalil Abdul Karim said the first carcass was spotted by a worker near a food premise near Paka beach.

He said the male Turtle, identified to be the Chelonia mydas species was partly decomposed.

Abdul Khalil said a second male carcass of the same species was found by a member of the public at Kerteh beach in the evening.

“Both Turtle carcasses were partly decomposed. The Turtles are believed to have died a week ago at sea,” he said.

Initial investigations indicate that the Turtles may have died after being trapped in fishermen nets.

Source: New Straits Times

A 45-year-old fish breeder suffered RM15,000 losses when his pond of Tilapia fishes was poisoned

Malaysia: Fish breeder suffers RM15,000 losses after pond is poisoned
By Sylvia Looi, 30th March 2016;

A 45-year-old fish breeder suffered losses of RM15,000 when his pond full of Tilapia (Oreochromis sp.) fish was poisoned.

District police chief Assistant Commissioner Harith Kam Abdullah said a water sample and the dead fish had been sent to the Chemist Department for tests.

“The operator, whose pond is located at Taman Simpang Bersatu at Aulong here, had lodged a report on the matter on Monday,” he said here today.

The case is being investigated under Section 428 of the Penal Code for mischief against animals, added Kam.

“We have identified several suspects and will be picking them up soon to assist in investigations,” he said.

Those with information on the matter are urged to contact the nearest police station.

Source: New Straits Times

Malaysia: Turtle death rate on the rise between January and April

30th March 2016;

The death toll of Turtles rises every year between January and April when they get entangled in fishing nets or are hit by propellers of boats carrying tourists.

Institute of Oceanography and Environment, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT), Turtle Research Unit (SEATRU) project head Dr Juanita Joseph said this has been proven through a study conducted by the unit.

She said although it is the monsoon season now, the number of fishermen going to sea was high because there’ll be an increased amount of fish.

“The use of trawl nets will harm Turtles and this should be monitored to prevent their deaths in the future,” Dr Juanita said when contacted by Bernama here today.

Dr Juanita said this when asked to comment on the death of two Turtles within two days in a row on Batu Buruk beach, Kuala Terengganu and in Dungun today believed to have been caused when the Turtles got entangled in fishermen’s nets.

“Usually after April, there will be a drop in Turtle deaths. If any death does occur it will be due to being hit by tourist boat propellers. This is because after April, the resort islands in the Terengganu will open to tourists and the risk of being hit by tourist boats are high.”

Source: Bernama

Malaysia: Turtle death rate on the rise between January and April

A dead endangered Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas) washed ashore in Bulabog Beach, Boracay Island this morning.

Source: Djila Winebrenner Facebook, via Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines Facebook