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Warning against marketing of sea turtle shells

Santo Domingo.- The Environment Ministry on Wednesday warned Dominicans and foreigners against buying or selling handicrafts made from the shells of the sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata), a species protected worldwide.

It said the illegal trade in shells of the species has resurged in some communities across country in violation of national and international environmental standards.

It called on artisans who work with shells and merchants who market such articles to be aware of the illegal practice because they prosecution and the confiscation of their merchandise.

“We call on those who are engaged in this predatory trade to desist from this practice that threatens this population, an important migratory species and also commits the country, which can be punished internationally,” Environment said in a statement.

It adds that the country has a global commitment to protect this and other species, we many merchants, especially in tourism regions such as Punta Cana, Puerto Plata and Conde Street in Santo Domingo.

Source: DT
Jan 7, 2016

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