Columbia International Affairs Online: Policy Briefs

CIAO DATE: 08/2010

Enhancing Enforcement on Poaching of Turtles by Foreign Fishing Vessels: The Way Forward for Malaysia

Cheryl Rita Kaur

December 2009

Maritime Institute of Malaysia


Turtles are vital for the health of the marine and coastal ecosystems. Where green turtles graze on seagrass and algae, the sea bottom habitat is healthier and more productive, hence commercially important species such as shrimps, lobster, and fish thrive. This translates to better sea harvest, boosting the income of the fishing industry. Besides that, by depositing their eggs on the shore, turtles transport vital nutrients from the ocean to nutrient-poor coastal and inshore areas.