Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 23 May 2009óMarine turtles are vanishing from Viet Namís
waters and illegal trade is largely to blame says a new study by TRAFFIC, the
wildlife trade monitoring network.

An assessment of the marine turtle trade in Viet Nam, launched to mark World Turtle
Day found that large marine turtles are now virtually absent from Viet Namís waters
except for Green Turtles around the Con Dao Islands National Park.

A government-owned souvenir shop found selling illegal turtle products was a potent
symbol of how a national ban on turtle products enacted in 2002 has been undermined by a lack of enforcement.