To Ban Or Not To Ban? Reviewing An Ongoing Dilemma On Sea Turtle Egg Trade In Terengganu, Malaysia


This is a lengthy article, but it takes into consideration the factors that contribute to changes to our existing legislation. It isn’t—unfortunately— as easy as snapping our fingers.

“It is therefore important to emphasize that this paper is not against imposing a law to ban the trade of sea turtle eggs, which should indisputably be the ultimate outcome in sea turtle conservation in Terengganu. However, legislative reviews take time, much more than administrative amendments [...].

It may therefore be more productive and realistic to now concentrate on optimizing what are already in place instead of asking for even more law that may only create new enforcement challenges in addition to those already discussed above.”


Thank you for this review Dr. Jarina, Allim and Seh Ling!

Legal trade in sea turtles and their eggs remains a reality in many countries where conservation of this marine endangered species does exist. This duality is a conflict to some who appeal for a total trade ban, which may have implications on local livelihoods. Using the Sustainable Livelihoods Appr…

Source: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fmars.2019.0076..



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The Turtle Conservation Society of Malaysia was established in October 2011. The aim of the society is to bring about the recovery of depleted wild populations of turtles, with particular reference to freshwater turtles, in Malaysia through partnerships with like-minded organizations, individuals and local communities as well as through its own programs.

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