The Ho Chi Minh City-based non-profit organization Wildlife At Risk (WAR) has asked authorities on Phu Quoc Island to tighten protections of an endangered dugong population after the organization became aware of recent poaching incident.
WAR director Nguyen Vu Khoi said that a 100-kilogram dugong had been caught on the beach earlier that week, Nguoi Lao Dong newspaper reported on Friday.
The animal was slaughtered and sold to restaurants by the poacher, before WAR officials could intervene.
By the time the organization confronted the poacher, the dugong meat had all been sold and only the skin remained, Khoi said.
According to WAR, dugongs live along the coast of Vietnam’s Phu Quoc and Con Dao Islands.
The marine mammal is protected under Vietnamese law.