“It is hoped that we can save marine life, protect the environment and help boost tourism revenue for the state.”
He gave no indication of the proposed penalties for breaking the ban.
Terengganu, with a long coastline along the South China Sea, is the biggest nesting center for turtles in peninsular Malaysia.
But it has seen a sharp fall in arrivals of Hawksbill and Olive Ridley turtles — two of the main species — said Azman.
The sale of critically endangered Leatherback turtles’ eggs had already been banned after massive declines in the number of creatures coming ashore to nest.
Elizabeth John, a spokeswoman for wildlife trade watchdog Traffic, hailed the proposed ban as “a critical move to safeguard marine turtles”.
Mohamad Uzair Rusli, a biologist working on saving sea turtles, also welcomed the “bold move” but warned that the rules must be strictly implemented.
Enforcing a ban may be difficult — selling and eating eggs is part of local culture in Terengganu, where some consider them aphrodisiacs.
Malaysia‘s states make their own laws relating to turtles and others, including Sabah and Sarawak on Borneo island, had already banned the sale of eggs.