Images by Paul Hilton document illegal turtle trade in China

Conservation photographer Paul Hilton has posted a series of shocking images on his website that document the rampant illegal trade of sea turtles in Hainan, China. As we have noted several times in the past (see our reports in Marine Turtle Newsletter 127 and 125), this is an issue of major concern for sea turtle populations throughout Southeast Asia, particularly those in the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia, from which the animals for this trade are largely sourced. As noted in our Marine Turtle Newsletter reports, multinational efforts are underway (supported in part by the MTSG) to address this issue, but much work remains to be done. Mr. Hilton’s excellent photography not only helps by documenting the scope and scale of the trade, but also by providing a compelling visual tool with which to engage various stakeholders around this issue.

Paul Hilton Photography | Portfolio | Oceans | Shell Shocked.

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