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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: 18 April 2015
Taiwan: Fisherman catches unusual ‘hunchback’ turtle
A Taitung fisherman caught an unusual-looking ‘hunchback’ sea turtle in waters off the nation’s southeast coast.

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Australia, QLD: Patients in a half-shell 16 Apr 2015

Green sea turtles are one of six species found in the Whitsundays. Photo / ThinkstockAn article from the New Zealand Herald reports how a small crew of volunteers work around the clock in the Whitsunday Islands when an ill turtle comes their way. Henry and co-founder Christine McNamara set up Bowen Sea Turtle Assessment and Rehabilitation (Bstar) in 2013 in Queensland after they noticed lots of dead turtles on the local beaches and decided to do something about it. Queensland is home to six of the seven species of sea turtle and the Whitsundays sees mostly the green and hawksbill varieties. All marine turtles are considered threatened, meaning the work of Bstar and the turtle hospital at Townsville aquarium, Reef HQ, a two-and-a-half hour drive from Bowen, is crucial to their survival. More »

Ocean myth busted: ‘Toddler’ turtles are very active swimmers 10 Apr 2015

One of the 44 sea turtles tagged in this study was this green turtle yearling.It turns out sea turtles, even at a tender 6-18 months of age, are very active swimmers. An article from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries website reports that they don’t just passively drift in ocean currents as researchers once thought. NOAA and University of Central Florida researchers say it’s an important new clue in the sea turtle “lost years” mystery. Where exactly turtles travel in their first years of life, before returning to coastal areas as adults to forage and reproduce, has puzzled scientists for decades.  More »

Leatherback turtles use mysterious ‘compass sense’ to migrate 2 Apr 2015

Large Pelagics Research Center scientists collaborate with commercial fishermen to find and tag leatherback turtles at sea. Captain Mark Leach checks out a 800-pound male leatherback turtle with a GPS-linked satellite tag on its back. Credit: Kara Dodge (NMFS Permit #1557-03), CC BY-NC-ND  Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2015-03-leatherback-sea-turtles-mysterious-compass.html#jCpAn article published in The Conversation gives an account on new findings which highlight the importance of different compass senses during leatherback migration. Researchers used location data from satellite tags on 15 leatherback turtles in the northwest Atlantic to reconstruct their tracks and analyze their migratory orientation as they traveled south to the tropics. Interestingly, these turtles were observed to struck out for open ocean, swimming offshore into the subtropical gyre, instead of swimming along the coast where they could use landmarks and topographic features on the seafloor to orient themselves. It looked as if the turtles shared the same directional orientation despite being in different parts of the gyre at different times. These consistent headings suggest that leatherback turtles migrating within the gyre use a common compass sense. It remains a mystery just what that compass sense could be.  More »

Poaching of marine turtles in Sabah an “open secret” 23 Mar 2015

State wildlife authorities are investigating the discovery of 60 decomposing turtle carcasses on a remote northern island here. Image via Postimage.org.The poaching of marine turtles near Banggi-Balambangan channel in Malaysia is an open secret, according to Universiti Malaysia Sabah Academician James Alin, publishing this month in the Malaysian Insider. Many fishermen saw the phenomenon happen months before 19 carcasses of green turtle were retrieved from Pulau Tiga at the beginning of March 2015. These fishermen, who eyewitnessed poaching activities, agreed to talk on record with a condition of anonymity. Here is a summary of their accounts. More »

Oman: Turtle tour in Ras al-Jinz Turtle Reserve 16 Mar 2015

Slow march: The hatchlings head to the sea In a protected corner of Oman, green turtles and wildlifers come to meet every season. In an article published this month in the Omani online newspaper ‘Businessline’, a Mumbai-based journalist tells about his experience taking part in a turtle tour on a beach of the Ras al-Jinz Turtle Reserve. On this turtle rookery of the Sultanate of Oman, four of the seven species of sea turtles come to nest annually. After witnessing green turtles laying their eggs, visitors can learn about a wealth of turtle myths brought from various countries by visiting the Ras al-Jinz Museum, within the visitor centre. According to the narrator, it is “little wonder that Ras al- Jinz translates to ‘circle of life’”.  More »

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