Con Dao National Park Is an Official Member of a Significant Marine Turtle Conservation Network in The Indian Ocean (08-12-2020)

Con Dao is an official member of a significant marine turtle conservation network in the Indian Ocean.
Con Dao National Park Is an Official Member of a Significant Marine Turtle Conservation Network in The Indian Ocean

The certification ceremony took place in the morning of November 13th at Con Dao National Park. Speaking at the ceremony, Mr. Tran Dinh Luan - Director General of the Directorate of Fisheries (Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development) affirmed that this result is the efforts of decades of leaders, officials and employees at Con Dao National Park. Currently, not only Con Dao but many other countries also face challenges in preserving and developing aquatic breeds and species, including sea turtles. This event once again affirms Vietnam's goodwill in the protection of fisheries resources, especially avoiding unintentional exploitation.

Mr. Nguyen Khac Pho - Director of Con Dao National Park said that becoming a member of IOSEA's Marine Turtle Conservation Network is an honor, pride and responsibility of Con Dao National Park. Con Dao National Park is already the Ramsar area of ​​the world and is applying for certification as the ASEAN Heritage Garden. Sea turtle conservation is the main goal and task of Con Dao National Park because turtles are a symbol of the park. Con Dao National Park currently manages the entire mountainous area of ​​the island. This area is considered the core zone, which is strictly preserved.

He also expressed that the perspectives on conservation must be changed, conservation must not be preserved, but socialized in order to have the participation of scientists, businesses, to develop ecotourism in a sustainable direction. Currently, in Con Dao, there are many companies that participate very effectively in sea turtle conservation.

In previous time, in the framework of the IOSEA 8 conference taking place in Da Nang, Vietnam reported at the plenary session and proposed to Con Dao National Park become a member of the IOSEA Network of Marine Turtle Conservation Member countries consider approval. This is a great effort of Vietnam in implementing biodiversity conservation in general and marine turtle conservation in particular. At the same time, this affirms the strong commitment of the Vietnam government in the roadmap to protect endangered and rare aquatic species, combating illegal fishing and towards sustainable and responsible fishing.

Sea turtles are one of the oldest living creatures on the Earth. Up to now, there are only seven (7) species of sea turtles in the world, including: Green turtles (Chelonia mydas), Hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata), Olive ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea), Loggerhead (Caretta caretta), Kemp’s Ridley (Lepidochelys kempii), Flatback (Natator depressus) and Leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea). Currently, sea turtles are in danger of extinction globally.

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