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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 Migratory Species (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.


  Photo credit: Olive Ridley Project (www.oliveridleyproject.org)
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Recent additions:

■ NIO-Task Force pages

■ Illegal Trade section

■ Site Network Directory

■ Fisheries - Turtle Interactions section


» Sea Turtle Conservation and Shrimp Imports to the United States
» Westpac acts on CNMI request to help with sea turtle / shark issues
» GEF Dugong and Seagrass Conservation Project launches new website
» First Announcement: 3rd Australian Sea Turtle Symposium
» African Sea Turtle Newsletter #5 now available
» Technical Paper: Proposed Transboundary Marine Conservation between Kenya and Tanzania
» Changes to U.S. Listing Determination for Green Sea Turtles
» Duke University Summer Course: Biology and Conservation of Sea Turtles (11 July - 12 August 2016)
Kuwait Dive Team lifts 3 tons of waste from Garooh Island 26 Jul 2016

Photo c/o Kuwait News AgencyAs part of its regular initiative to protect Kuwait's coral reefs, the Kuwait Dive Team recently collaborated with the coast guard and others to remove three tons of waste and other discarded material from the waters around Garooh Island.

The Interior Ministry's Assistant Undersecretary for Sea Borders Security Affairs noted that the coast guard's mandate extended to security and protection of the marine environment, and he urged citizens and residents to protect the islands. More »

Malaysia: 19,000 Sea Turtle Eggs Seized in Anti-Smuggling Operation 24 Jul 2016

Photo c/o THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORKReporting for National Geographic's 'Wildlife Watch', Rachael Bale documents the recent seizure at sea, by Sabah Marine Police, of nearly 20,000 sea turtle eggs.

The Straits Times first reported the story of the major egg smuggling bust. Four pump boats were detected in local waters in the early hours of 16 July. After a 15-minute pursuit, the Marine Police discovered on board many large sacks full of eggs with a street value of some RM30,000 ($7,500). They detained four Filipinos on suspicion of smuggling and another eight suspected illegal immigrants. More »

India: State aid for ban-hit fishermen 19 Jul 2016

Photo c/o www.bhubaneswarbuzz.comThe Odisha Government has decided to provide additional compensation to marine fishers to make up for their loss of livelihood during the seasonal ban on fishing. The New Indian Express reports that marine fisherfolk are badly affected by the annual ban, which is imposed in two phases. Beginning in November, the ban is meant to safeguard endangered olive ridley turtles before and during their nesting season, while from April a deep sea fishing ban is imposed to enable breeding.

The State Government has now decided to provide financial aid to the fisher community as well as to fish workers to strengthen the livelihood support. The assistance would be over and above the support provided under the Saving-cum-Relief scheme of the federal Government, which Odisha State considered inadequate.  More »

IOSEA Network Sites make headlines in Iran and U.A.E. 19 Jul 2016

Photo c/o Department of Environment, Islamic Republic of IranThe awarding of official certification for the inclusion of sites in the IOSEA Network of Sites of Importance for Marine Turtles recently received high-level acknowledgement in both the Islamic Republic of Iran and the United Arab Emirates.

H.E. Dr. Masoumeh Ebtekar, Vice-President and Head of Iran’s Department of Environment, joined IOSEA Focal Point Mr. Asghar Mobaraki in a commemoration event to mark the inclusion of Sheedvar Island in the Site Network. Sheedvar is a small rocky island located about 9 km off the mainland coast of Iran’s Hormozgan province. Already recognised by the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands as a significant nesting and resting area for migratory birds, the island is also important for hawksbill and green turtles. A comprehensive write-up appears on the DoE website (in Farsi). More »

India's Bhitarkanika National Park to be included as World Heritage Site? 18 Jul 2016

Photo credit: GreenpeaceUNESCO has given the first phase clearance for listing Bhitarkanika National Park as a World Heritage Site, as per a proposal submitted by the Forest Department. A technical evaluation to be conducted by IUCN before 31 October 2016 will produce a report for consideration by the Paris-based UN body in December.

The park comprises the Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary and Gahirmatha (Marine) Wildlife Sanctuary. The latter is one of the world’s largest nesting and breeding grounds for endangered Olive Ridley sea turtles. The park has already been designated as an important wetland site, by the Ramsar Convention, in 2002.  More »

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