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In the Hot Soup Over Turtles

Government May Close Turtle Conservation Center at Baliís Serangan Island

(11/26/2011) A failure by the Training Center for the Conservation of Turtles (TCEC) on Serangan island in South Denpasar may be closed and have its turtle collection confiscated by the Nature Conservancy Agency (BKSDA) due to the community-based organization’s failure to file the required routine reporta on their activities with the government.

The TCEC operates under the terms of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed with the BKSDA.

Beritabali.com reports the district chief of the BKSDA for Bali, Sumarsono, says his office has not renewed the MOU with TCEC due to its failure to file routine reports making it increasingly likely that the remaining turtle population at the center might be confiscated.

The original MOU ended at the end of 2009 and has expired.

The then governor of Bali, Dewa Barata, opened the TCEC on Serangan Island, on January 20, 2006 as part of an overall strategy to end the illegal turtle trade on Serangan island.