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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: 23 April 2014
India: Olive Ridley saviour Chandrasekhar Kar dies
Kar was 58, and retired senior research officer from the state forest and wildlife department in February.

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Satellite-tracking project sheds light on hawkbill turtle movements in the Gulf 16 Apr 2014

Photo c/o Oliver Kerr, EWS-WWFThe Emirates Wildlife Society-WWF organised a workshop in Dubai from 24-25 March 2014, marking the end of an intensive three-year project that used satellite tracking to chart the movements of 75 hawkbill turtles in and around the Gulf region. These findings were combined with previous datasets for another 15 turtles, to paint a fascinating picture of hawksbill migration and foraging behaviour.

While a number of key foraging grounds in the Gulf were identified, in general the foraging areas were much more widely dispersed than expected and were not necessarily associated with prime coral reef habitat. The project also demonstrated an interesting thermoregulatory response of hawksbill turtles, which show a marked tendency to migrate to deeper and cooler waters during hot Gulf summers. The detailed findings of this ground-breaking study will eventually be published in a scientific journal. More »

Marine turtle discussions at the 16th IOTC Scientific Committee meeting 28 Mar 2014

The IOSEA Secretariat has reported on several occasions in the past on the work of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) which, apart from being responsible for the management of tuna and tuna-like species in the Indian Ocean, takes an active interest in bycatch of non-target species including marine turtles.

The Commission receives advice from its Scientific Committee which meets annually to review the national reports of IOTC members (known as CPCs: Contracting Parties and Cooperating Non-Contracting Parties), assess the status of target and non-target species, review implementation of various measures, and make technical recommendations to the Commission.

The Sixteenth Session of the IOTC Scientific Committee (SC) was held in Busan, Republic of Korea, from 2 to 6 December 2013. The full report of the meeting is available for downloading from the newly-revised IOTC website: www.iotc.org. As a service to IOSEA readers, we summarise here the main points of the lengthy (312-page) meeting report related to marine turtles. Where appropriate, specific paragraphs of the report are referenced in parentheses. More »

Egypt and Sudan join the IOSEA family 21 Feb 2014

Flags of Egypt and SudanRepresentatives of Egypt and Sudan have signed the Indian Ocean – South-East Asian Marine Turtle Memorandum of Understanding (IOSEA), bringing to 35 the number of Signatory States to this regional agreement under the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS).

The signings took place on 17 February 2014, during the opening of a training workshop on shark conservation, organised by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) in collaboration with the United Arab Emirates’ Ministry of Environment and Water. More »

New working paper: Socio-economic and cultural implications of marine turtle use and conservation 13 Feb 2014

Photo: c/o Asghar MobarakiThe Secretariat has recently finalised a draft synthesis paper, partly in response to a long-standing ambition of the IOSEA Western Indian Ocean - Marine Turtle Task Force to compile information, in the form of a literature review, on social aspects of marine turtle conservation in the Western Indian Ocean.

The scope of the present paper actually extends to the whole of the IOSEA region, in keeping with a request of the Sixth Meeting of IOSEA Signatory States to prepare a compilation of socio-economic considerations of marine turtle conservation with particular reference to public participation and stakeholder engagement. More »

U.S. Officials Release Sea Turtles in China 5 Feb 2014

Official Turtle ReleaseSea Turtles 911, a non-governmental organisation based in China, has called attention to one of its recent initiatives. Officials from the United States Consulate General and the Ministry of Agriculture of the People’s Republic of China joined Sea Turtles 911 to release three rehabilitated sea turtles back to the South China Sea.

“Our governments must continue to work together to develop policy and programs that protect our most precious resources, businesses must play an active role in responsible development, and groups like Sea Turtles 911 must continue to fight for protection of local resources like sea turtles through education and outreach,” said U.S. Consul General Jennifer Galt.  More »

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