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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: 28 August 2014
Seychelles: Tourists spot trapped turtle on Silhouette
A French couple holidaying on the Seychelles island of Silhouette has been hailed as conservation heroes by a local NGO after they came to the rescue of a green marine turtle.
 
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ďTurtle-tasticĒ time at the Seychelles Sea Turtle Festival 22 Aug 2014

SOSF Island School Seychelles students enjoying the festivalís 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 itís 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 Fijiís 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 »

 
   
 
Malaysia: Marine turtles in Kudat under threat 5 Aug 2014

Kudat, Sabah, Malaysia. An article in The Malaysian Insider recalls that in 1971, De Silva reported to IUCN that green and hawksbill turtles were coming to nest during the northeast monsoon at the beaches of Kudat and Sekuati, in the northern tip of Sabah, Malaysia.

The nesting records collected by the Kudat Turtle Conservation Society (KTCS) and sightings by fishermen and recreational divers show that green and hawksbill turtles in these areas are in a rapid decline. Although, today, the Rungus no longer slaughter turtles for food, at least in the open, they are still under serious threat, especially from motor boat propellers and incidental catch. More »

 
   
 
UAE: What can we do to save the hawksbill turtles? 23 Jul 2014

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/images/turtele-1-15072014.jpgIn an article appearing in the Khaleej Times, Emirates Wildlife Society-WWF project manager Moaz Sawaf, discusses the preliminary findings of the EWS-WWF Gulf Turtles Conservation Project, now in its fourth year. Several scientific papers have recently been published as result of the programme, including a paper uncovering a new path of turtle migration not previously known -- possibly due to climate change. However, Sawaf remains confident that the population can be brought back up with better conservation regulations.
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