Illegal traders of dugong, turtle meat targeted with $5m poaching crackdown (Australia)

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A baby dugong floats on its side. A 2003 survey into dugong populations in the NT estimated the coastline from Daly River to Milingimbi at supporting over 13,000 animals. AAP : Dave Hunt, file photo A baby dugong floats on its side. A 2003 survey into dugong populations in the NT estimated the coastline from Daly River to Milingimbi at supporting over 13,000 animals. AAP : Dave Hunt, file photo

September 27th, 2014. The Federal Government is warning anyone involved in the illegal trade of dugong and turtle meat that they will be caught.

The Government has allocated $5 million to a dugong and turtle protection plan that involves the Australian Federal Police (AFP), Customs and Border Protection, and the Australian Crime Commission.

Environment Minister Greg Hunt said the Crime Commission has been given $2 million to investigate the illegal trade.

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