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Welcome to the IOSEA Marine Turtle MoU Website!

The IOSEA Marine Turtle Memorandum of Understanding is an intergovernmental agreement concluded under the auspices of the UNEP / ‎Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS). It aims to protect, conserve, replenish and recover marine turtles and their habitats of the Indian Ocean and South-East Asian region, working in partnership with other relevant actors and organisations.


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LATEST: 2 July 2015
Australia: The Great Barrier Reef from a turtles perspective
Whilst tagging a green turtle in the GBR, scientists fitted a GoPro to the turtle before setting it back in the water. The footage revealed the reef from a turtles perspective.

» Australia, QLD: Reef HQ’s Marine Turtle Spectacular!
» New documentary on marine turtle conservation
» Advances in marine turtle genetic fingerprinting
» Video: Turtle rescued by divers in the Maldives
» Volunteer opportunity on Cousin Island, Seychelles
» Baby flatback turtles satellite-tracked in Australia
» Video for World Turtle Day from Australia
» CMS and World Turtle Day
» Educational TV-show: ‘Titou discovers marine turtles’
Turtle watching in Northern Territory, Australia 2 Jul 2015

A flatback turtle digs a hole to lay her eggs in on the coast of the Timor SeaAn online article in ‘Traveller’ by Daniel Scott explains the euphoria and intrigue in witnessing a turtle laying her eggs. Scott speaks of his experience in the uninhabited Bare Sand Island dunes in the Timor Sea region. He describes the particular nature of the pregnant flatback turtle as she looks for the exact spot to lay her eggs. After a few trials she finds just the place, and starts to dig with both her flippers. Once she is content, the turtle begins to lay her eggs, described by Scott as slightly larger than ping-pong balls and equally spherical. Scott emphasizes that the chance of survival of the contents of the eggs is questionable. He lists dehydration, seabirds, sharks and above all, man, with his plastic bags, boat propellers and indiscriminate fishing nets, as major threats to the hatchlings that may emerge from the nest. More »

Opinion: The true value of sea turtles 22 Jun 2015

Photo: Associated PressAn article in the ‘Huffington Post online’ urges readers to remember the true value of sea turtles. The author, Wallace Nichols, welcomes the rise in the concept of ecosystem services as a valuing criteria for nature. The conversation around valuing nature is expanding quickly to include the cognitive, emotional, psychological and social benefits that are real drivers of the human-nature relationship. Nichols provides detail on some of the real but rarely described benefits of working with sea turtles. These include awe and wonder, solitude and privacy, creativity and aspiration.  More »

SWOT Report: Important turtle areas in the Arabian Gulf 16 Jun 2015

A tracked turtle returning to seeSWOT Report Vol. X presents research conducted by N Pilcher, M Antonopoulou, LS Perry and O Kerr looking at important turtle areas in the Arabian Gulf. The article by the four authors emphasizes the need for turtle conservation efforts throughout the life cycle of turtles, on land, as well as at sea. Particular emphasis is given to Hawksbill turtles in the region as data is lacking on this species. More »

Ghost nets and their threat to marine wildlife 8 Jun 2015

Turtle entangled in a ghost netIn an article in the ‘Deutsche Welle’ online newspaper, Harald Franzen expresses concern over the prevalence of old fishing nets in the oceans that have been lost or discarded. These synthetic nets can drift through the world’s seas for centuries, catching and killing marine wildlife, including marine turtles, as they go. The process of these nets trapping a variety of marine life is outlined by Franzen as a perpetual cycle: after animals are trapped in the nets, they sink to the bottom of the seabed, where they decompose, and the net then rises back to the surface and everything starts over again.  More »

South Africa: Washed up baby loggerhead turtles 1 Jun 2015

Baby loggerhead turtles are hand-fed the prepared gelatine dietThe plight of baby loggerhead turtles is stressed in an article by J Williams on the ‘CapeTownEtc’ website. Loggerhead turtles born in KwaZulu-Natal and southern Mozambique drift along the Benguela current. But every year, baby turtles are found washed up on Western Cape beaches due to storms and onshore winds. This year, there has been a high spike in the number of turtles found on the Western Cape coastline. A total of 185 baby turtles were taken in by the Two Oceans Aquarium (T.O.A) to be rehabilitated.  More »

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