– Turtles are incidentally captured in fishing gear and drown
– The species is largely absent from its historic range and in some countries has been extirpated or is considered extinct or near-extinct in the wild
Not considered abundant anywhere in its range
Cambodian population remains as most biologically significant
How you can help: Turtle Survival Alliance partners with the Wildlife Conservation Society and Royal Government of Cambodia’s Fisheries Administration to protect nesting beaches for the Asian Giant Softshell Turtle along the Mekong River in Cambodia, locate and transfer nests to protected hatcheries, and release hatchlings into the Mekong River. In addition, the program focuses on Community Fisheries development, livelihood development, poacher behavioral changes, biodiversity research, and law enforcement, as well as conducts educational programs and training sessions.
In the last three years, the collaborative nest detection and protection program on the Mekong River located 177 nests, resulting in the release of 2944 hatchlings.
You can help us make a positive impact for the Asian Giant Softshell Turtle in its most biologically important population remaining by becoming aTSA MemberorDonortoday!
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