Ban Sea Turtle Egg Sales in Peninsular Malaysia

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Only 1 in 1000 sea turtle hatchlings make it into adulthood. 

In malaysia, we can find four out the seven species of sea turtles. We have an abundance of leatherback, olive ridley, green and also hawksbill sea turtles in our oceans. All four are threatened species under the IUCN red list.

Their population is being depleted by environmental issues like overfishing, pollution and climate change. Now, they face a great risk of extinction due to the exploitation of their eggs for human consumption.

This is a big problem that threatens the balance of our marine ecosystems as we decrease sea turtle numbers. They play an important role of transportating nutrients, controlling the sea sponge and jellyfish distribution and also support other sea animals. 

The laws governing sea turtle conservation is weak and lacks strict enforcement. Only leatherback sea turtles are offered full protection while the remaining three species do not have the same privilege. Even then, leatherback sea turtles are deemed as locally extinct. A great number of them used to be in Rantau Panjang but today, they are no where to be seen.

We need to follow suit on Sabah and Sarawak’s drastic action of a total ban in selling sea turtle eggs. We need more protected coastal areas and sanctuaries for our sea turtles. We need to invest in outreach programmes with local communities and bring much needed awareness. The future of our marine wildlife depends on how we can act strategically and as sustainably now.