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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: 17 December 2014
Australia: Turtle season begins in Queensland
The release of Izzy, a 120-kilogram green sea turtle, back to the wild, coincided with the start of turtle hatching season down the coast at Bundaberg.
 
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» Turtle Foundation Newsletter - December 2014
» Marine Protected Area established in Madagascar
» A sign of hope for green turtles from French Polynesia
» WWF and TRAFFIC applaud global commitments to combat wildlife crime
» APEC commits to reducing demand for illegal wildlife
» Video: 92kg marine turtle meat seized in French Polynesia
» Tanzania: Latest news from Sea Sense! Issue 22
» Satellite tracking-related activities by Kélonia in La Réunion
» Turtle Symposium ISTS35: Turkey, 19-14 April 2015
 
     
   
 
SPREP calls for increased attention to fisheries bycatch 15 Dec 2014

Image from http://thrivingoceans.org/The Director General of the Secretariat for the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has called on the members of the Western Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) meeting, held in Apia, Samoa in December 2014, to pay greater heed to the by-catch of protected species such as sharks and turtles in Pacific islands fisheries. At the meeting, he said: “SPREP is committed to working with the Commission, other regional agencies and stakeholders to better understand the extent and significance of by-catch of turtles, seabirds and cetaceans in both longline and purse-seine fisheries, and to the development of mitigation measures”.



Mr Sheppard also expressed his concerns about the potential impact of drifting Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs) on protected species, particularly marine turtles, and stressed the need for urgent action. A presentation by the Parties to the Nauru Agreement in early December estimated that between 30,000 and 80,000 FADs are now drifting around in the Pacific islands region.  More »

 
   
 
Marine turtle headstarting: Conservation’s fishy business 8 Dec 2014

pembesaran tukikProFauna Indonesia denounces on its website the negative impacts of “Sea Turtle Farming” and “Sea Turtle Headstarting”, reportedly widespread in Indonesia. Headstarting is conducted based on the premise that if marine turtles are released when they are big enough, it could curb the chance of them being eaten by predators. Alas, no research have ever proven that this is true. Meanwhile, headstarting activities in Indonesia are reportedly carried out inappropriately, being profit-oriented businesses relying on legal loopholes.

According to ProFauna, many of the general public, government, and tourists in Indonesia have mistaken these practices for conservation. Marine turtle populations have declined in many places due to such overexploitation done in the name of conservation.  More »

 
   
 
20 years of turtle monitoring and conservation in Mozambique 1 Dec 2014

Miguel Goncalves with a leatherback turtle laying her eggsMiguel Goncalves, Park Warden at the Ponta do Ouro Partial Marine Reserve, gives an overview of the ongoing turtle monitoring and conservation programme at the site, at the occasion of the celebration of its twenty years of activity, on 19 and 20 November 2014 in Ponta do Ouro. The Feature article includes information on the history of the project, on its current activities, as well as on current threats that it aims to address.



The event was organised by the Ponta do Ouro Partial Marine Reserve and Centro Terra Viva and supported by Mozambique’s National Administration for Conservation Areas and Peace Parks Foundation. It comprised a two-day workshop intended to government officials, private sector entities, NGOs, personnel and individuals supporting the turtle monitoring programme. The evening of the 19th was spent witnessing the turtles coming ashore to nest.  More »

 
   
 
Technologists hatch “Turtle Sense” System 21 Nov 2014

Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife ServiceAn article posted on the IEEE Spectrum website reports that a group of US-based volunteer technologists, ‘Nerds Without Borders’, has created a new turtle-hatch-warning system to protect marine turtle nests during the hatching period. The “Turtle Sense” project is just getting its first concrete results now, and they look very promising.





In some places, it is crucial for the conservation of marine turtle populations to help hatchlings make the dangerous journey across the beach into the sea. Baby sea turtles don’t pop from the sand instantaneously: it takes several days from when they first break out of their buried eggs for them to climb upward and emerge from the sand. So if we could determine when they first started moving around underground, we would have a way to reduce the timeframe — and the cost — of regular monitoring in in-situ beach protection programmes, or limit the closure period of beaches for all but a few days around the actual hatching time. Indeed, closing large parts of beach around turtle nests during the hatching period may prevent local communities to access resources they rely on for survival, and might prompt tourists to vacation elsewhere, which can hurt the local economy.  More »

 
   
 
Action Plan for S. Pacific loggerheads endorsed at CMS COP11 14 Nov 2014

A resting loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta). Photo Brian Gratwicke.The Single Species Action Plan for loggerhead turtles in the South Pacific was endorsed last week by the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) at its 11th Meeting of the Conference of Parties held in Quito, Ecuador. It was developed following a technical meeting in Brisbane, Australia in March 2014, in cooperation with Range States and experts, and with financial support from the Australian Government.



The Action Plan aims at bridging across objectives of the IOSEA MoU, the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the Inter-American Convention for the Protection and Conservation of Sea Turtles (IAC), to provide for integrated loggerhead turtle conservation across the South Pacific.  More »

 
   
     
 
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