A few days ago we received very sad news. Dozens of people were poisoned after eating the meat of a sea turtle on Sunday, 18 February 2018 during a traditional celebration on the Indonesian Island of Siberut. Three people died of poisoning in the following days. Two of the victims were small children, the third [...]
PROFAUNA Borneo and Berau Marine Affairs and Fisheries Service have been busy visiting schools in the coast of Berau to educate students about sea turtle conservation. The programs carried out during October 2016 also involved the Turtle Foundation and its project partner for the implementation of the island protection program, BLB. The education programs are [...]
PROFAUNA News: Officials seized hundreds of sea turtle shell-based souvenirs from market in Berau, East Kalimantan
Despite being strongly forbidden by law, sea turtle shell-based souvenirs are still widely sold in Berau, especially those made from the Hawksbill Sea Turtle's shell. Our Indonesian partner organization PROFAUNA Borneo investigated Adji Dilayas Market, Berau, East Kalimantan, on 16 October and found eight shops selling large quantities of these illegal souvenirs. The finding was [...]
We purchased a new speedboat for our sea turtle protection project in the Derawan archipelago in the waters of eastern Borneo, Indonesia. The boat was urgently needed for the transportation of our rangers and logistic supply to and from our project islands Bilang-Bilangan and Mataha, where we continuously protect nesting beaches of the green sea [...]
Last Friday, 28 August, the police of Tanjung Redeb (District of Berau, East Borneo, Indonesia) provided an important blow against illegal sea turtle egg trade. The police confiscated about 4,600 turtle eggs and arrested a suspect who was about to prepare the eggs for further smuggling. The suspect is expecting considerable fines, and we hope [...]
A story from Indonesia: Markets in Manado, the capital of the province of North Sulawesi, are notorious for the various bushmeat, despite most of the sold animals are endangered and protected by Indonesian law. But there is hope, too. People like Filemon Hosea openly show their disagreement and – despite being assaulted by the vendor [...]
On Monday, 29 February 2016, a delegation composed of representatives of Indonesian authorities and NGOs visited the Island of Derawan in the District of Berau to inspect local souvenir shops for illegal turtle shell products. For such souvenirs, numerous critically endangered hawksbill turtles are regularly killed despite that they are protected by Indonesian law. Two [...]
I am really happy that finally after several months we won our fight against egg poachers. Since 9 of November no egg poachers came to our islands. We all hope that they will not come again and the turtles on Bilang-Bilangan and Mataha will be save in 2016. Our rangers are still relocating all nests [...]
May 2015 report from Hana in Indonesia for downlad as PDF (ca. 420 kB) Hana Svobodová, MSc., is biologist and is working in Indonesia as volunteer coordinator for the Turtle Foundation's conservation project in East Borneo. She is regularly reporting about news and events regarding our project.
April 2015 report from Hana in Indonesia for download as PDF (ca. 900 kB) Hana Svobodová, MSc., is biologist and is working in Indonesia as volunteer coordinator for the Turtle Foundation's conservation project in East Borneo. She is regularly reporting about news and events regarding our project.