Posted by: Pelodiscus on 2016/11/22 23:28:29 2072 readsKaohsiung, Nov. 22 (CNA) A Kaohsiung-registered fishing boat was intercepted 30 nautical miles off Kaohsiung harbor on Tuesday and 1,149 protected turtles aboard the ship seized, coast guard officers reported.
Freshwater turtles Protected turtles seized from Taiwanese vessel on route to China
The captain of the ship, identified by his surname Sun, together with one Taiwanese and two Indonesian crewmen were taken ashore for questioning by Coast Guard Administration officers.
They were later sent to the Kaohsiung District Prosecutors Office to be interviewed over violations of the Wildlife Conservation Act and Smuggling Penalty Act.
Having received a tip off several months ago that Sun was planning to smuggle yellow-margined box turtles (食蛇龜), a protected species of turtle, to China, coast guard officers kept him under close observation.
By Chen Che-fon and Lilian Wu
Photo courtesy of the Coast Guard Administration
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