Turtle rescued from illegal fishing boat

FISHO recently heard a good news story involving a large hawksbill turtle found on board an illegal fishing boat.

According to a live 32kg female hawksbill turtle which had been speared was discovered swimming in the bilge of an apprehended Vietnamese fishing vessel in Darwin harbour.

The vessel had been apprehended by the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) near Evans Shoal in March 2014.

The 35kg adult female hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata) named “Linh”, spent a brief recovery period in Darwin’s Ark Animal Hospital at Palmerston. Department of Land Resource Management scientists and Parks and Wildlife NT rangers attached a satellite tag donated by INPEX and released her at Nightcliff Jetty.

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