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Welcome to the IOSEA Marine Turtle MoU Website!

The IOSEA Marine Turtle Memorandum of Understanding is an intergovernmental agreement that 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: 19 September 2014
Tracking Gemma the turtle’s underwater adventures
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IOSEA Network of Sites for Indian Ocean Marine Turtles Launched 12 Sep 2014

Green Turtle at Ras al Jinz © D Hykle UNEP/CMS/IOSEAA highlight of the Seventh Meeting of IOSEA Signatory States, held from 8-11 September 2014 in Bonn, Germany, was the formal launch of the IOSEA Network of Sites of Importance for Marine Turtles. It capped a decade-long effort to develop a common framework for site-based conservation actions.

“The launch of the IOSEA network of sites is a major milestone for transboundary conservation of marine turtles in the Indian Ocean”, said Douglas Hykle, who has led the IOSEA programme, based in Bangkok, since 2003. “The network will help to focus and connect a wide range of conservation efforts under an exciting new partnership”. More »

The final countdown to IOSEA SS7 has begun! 2 Sep 2014

Bonn view c/o wikipediaNext week, delegates and experts from more than 25 countries across the Indian Ocean – South-East Asia region will assemble in Bonn, Germany, to tackle a packed agenda focusing on marine turtle conservation. Perhaps best known as the birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven and the former capital of West Germany, Bonn is also home to IOSEA's parent organisation, the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS).

Besides reviewing implementation of the IOSEA Conservation and Management Plan, aided by a detailed synthesis prepared by the Secretariat, the meeting will consider substantial papers on four themes identified as priorities by the IOSEA Signatory States when they last met in Bangkok in January 2012: (1) Illegal Take and Trade of Marine Turtles in the IOSEA Region; (2) Marine Turtle Genetic Stocks of the Indo-Pacific; ( 3) Socio-economic and Cultural Implications of Marine Turtle Use and Conservation; and (4) Indian Ocean Fisheries-Turtle Interactions. A fifth major topic will be a thorough review of IOSEA’s Technical Support / Capacity-Building Programme, including recommendations for its future direction, led by the IOSEA Advisory Committee.  More »

“Turtle-tastic” time at the Seychelles Sea Turtle Festival 22 Aug 2014

SOSF Island School Seychelles students enjoying the festival’s Family Fun Day activities. Photo: © Today in SeychellesThe Save our Seas Foundation reports that the Seychelles Sea Turtle Festival was officially opened on 8 August 2014 by Minister of Environment, Professor Rolph Payet. This was followed by a fantastic afternoon celebrating sea turtles for the students who have been participating in turtle-themed competitions over the past few months. This festival is quickly becoming a popular fixture on the Seychelles calendar. While it’s a fun-filled event, it also raises awareness about the threats facing sea turtles and about what is being done nationally to protect them.  More »

Indonesian wildlife crime is still rampant, according to NGO 18 Aug 2014

Image from http://newshopper.sulekha.com/indonesia-sea-turtle-trading_photo_1321517.htmThe conservation body Protection of Forest and Fauna (PROFAUNA) has released its wildlife crime record for Indonesia for the period from January to June 2014. The record suggests that illegal wildlife trade is still rampant in Indonesia. At least 22 cases of wildlife trade and poaching, including marine turtles, were uncovered by the law enforcement bodies.

The protected species were rescued from poachers and dealers from different cities such as Jakarta, Tangerang, Denpasar, Aceh, Jember, Lampung, and Palangkaraya. The illegal commodities were about to be sold in Indonesia, or smuggled to other countries such as Kuwait, France, and China. More »

Turtle conservation project in Fiji shows signs of success 11 Aug 2014

Turtle monitor Pita Qarau with Fiji’s Dau ni Vonu Network (Credit: ABC licensed) A sea turtle monitoring network in Fiji reports that numbers are on the rise as communities change the way they think about turtle hunting. Turtle hunters have been turned into conservationists as a result of a long-running program set up by the World Wildlife Fund called Dau ni Vonu, or Turtle Monitors. The program has been underway four years, during which time many locals have been enlisted to rehabilitate turtle populations.

Project manager and co-founder Merewalesi Laveti believes the program has worked, with success in reducing turtle harvesting, improved enforcement of regulations, increased awareness of the threat posed by hunting, and effective habitat management. More »

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