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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: 27 January 2015
Turtle embryos genetically wired for hotter summers
Loggerhead turtles are able to protect themselves against environmental temperature fluctuations while still in the egg, a UWA researcher has discovered.
 
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» The marine turtles’ compass explained in a slide show
» Video: Turtle evades tiger shark by swimming in circles
» France: Plastic pollution causes green turtle death
» SWOT’s 9th round of data collection underway!
» Australia: Watch out for the world’s biggest turtle
» France: 2 sub-adult loggerheads released with satellite tag
» India: 2014 report of the VSPCA NGO released!
» ISTS Video Night 2015: Call for Abstracts
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Malaysia: Putting an end to turtle bycatch in nets 26 Jan 2015

The turtle excluder device is a solution to the incidental capture of turtles in shrimp trawl nets, one of the major threats to the iconic sea creature. MRFEvery year, thousands of turtles get trapped in fishing nets and eventually drown, as they cannot surface to breathe. One way to stop this turtle massacre is by fitting nets with a special device which provides the trapped turtle with an escape route. After years of trials and discussions, use of this gadget known as turtle excluder devices (TEDs) will soon become a reality in Malaysian fisheries.



An informative article on The Star Online reports that, by 2017, shrimp trawl fishermen in the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia will have to use TEDs in their operations during the monsoon, from November until March. The Fisheries Department will introduce a regulation requiring use of TEDs before fishermen can be issued permits for monsoon shrimp trawling. More »

 
   
 
Leatherback turtles: Growing large on jelly 19 Jan 2015

Lion’s Head Jellyfish. Source: Wikimedia commonsThe largest leatherback turtle ever recorded weighed around 916kg. A post authored by Caroline Schanche, as part of the Sizing Ocean Giants project, explains how these marine animals can reach such impressive sizes while feeding exclusively on jellyfish. Their secret lies in their esophagus. More »

 
   
 
Marine turtle conservation in remote Western Australia 12 Jan 2015

Map of the Gnaraloo Turtle Conservation Program study siteIn an article posted in the students’ newspaper ‘The Manitoban’, Bailey Rankine, a Canadian field biologist, describes some aspects of his current mission within the Gnaraloo Turtle Conservation Program (GTCP) on the Ningaloo Coast, Western Australia. The fact that this season a dingo roams the rookery and has so far evaded all control methods was considered as a potential explanation for a delayed loggerhead turtle nesting season there. But in the end, loggerhead turtles have been visiting the rookery regularly since Nov. 23, with up to eight nesting activities recorded per night at the time of writing, and a minimum of 300 nests is predicted. More »

 
   
 
Why the leatherback turtle has a skylight in its head 5 Jan 2015

Illustration by Sandra DionisiAn article by Jerry Adler in the Smithsonian Magazine reports on new research developments that brings new information on how leatherback turtles can see in the dark.

A few animals retain primitive systems with the sole purpose of measuring ambient light—of which the most unusual is the leatherback sea turtle, one of the world’s largest reptiles. New research shows that the turtle has what British biologist John Davenport calls a “skylight” on the top of its skull, an unusually thin area of bone just beneath a spot of unpigmented skin that allows light to impinge directly on the brain’s pineal gland.  More »

 
   
 
Marine turtle conservation in the spotlight of workshop in Kuwait 22 Dec 2014

Kuwait, 9-10 December 2014The Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR), a government-affiliated research institute organized a workshop from 9-10 December 2014 to gather input for the development of a national plan for the conservation of sea turtles.  More »

 
   
     
 
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