Tubbataha Reef

Protected pangolins seized from Philippine boat

Protected scaly anteaters or pangolins wrapped in plastic bags are removed from a cargo boat where they were hidden at the port in Coron town, Palawan. Photo: AFP

Philippine authorities have seized 23 protected scaly anteaters found hidden in a cargo boat, in the second case of suspected trafficking of the species in a month, officials said.

Tuesday, 23 April, 2013, 5:28pm

Chinese poachers could face 20 years over pangolins

A member of the Philippine Coast Guard holds a frozen pangolin or scaly anteater on board a Chinese vessel that ran into the Tubbataha coral reef, in the southwestern Philippines. Photo: AP

Twelve suspected Chinese poachers could face up to 20 years in prison for possession of hundreds of dead pangolins or scaly anteaters, Philippine wildlife authorities said on Wednesday.

The boat carrying the 12 Chinese men ran aground on Tubbataha marine park, a Unesco World Heritage-listed coral reef near Palawan, last week.

17 Apr 2013 - 8:36pm 1 comment

Philippines discovers pangolins on Chinese poacher boat

File photo of frozen pangolin from 2009. Photo: Oliver Tsang

The Philippine coast guard said on Monday it had found hundreds of frozen scaly anteaters, or pangolins, in the cargo hold of a Chinese boat that ran aground in a protected marine sanctuary last week.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Chinese fishing boat runs aground in Philippines reef

A US Navy ship also ran aground on Tubbataha in January. It was stuck for more than 10 weeks. Photo: AFP

A Chinese fishing boat has run aground on a World Heritage-listed coral reef in the Philippines, roughly 1,600 kilometres from China’s nearest major landmass, authorities said on Tuesday.

The vessel, with 12 crew members, was found stranded in the shallows of Tubbataha Reef in the Sulu Sea just before midnight on Monday, coast guard spokesman Lieutenant Commander Arman Balilo said.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am