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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: 24 July 2014
Philippines: Death of stranded turtle prompts DENR probe order
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Central Visayas has ordered an investigation of the death of a female Hawksbill turtle (pawikan), in Toledo City.

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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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Philippines -- Wanted: Turtle eggs 15 Jul 2014

Heading home: Baby green turtles, hatched at a facility owned by Angela Hijjas, making their way to sea at Chendor beach, Pahang.Since protecting eggs will help produce viable turtles, one turtle guardian in Philippines is stopping as many eggs as possible from reaching the local market. In May 2014, Angela Hijjas started buying eggs from local collectors to incubate them at her own hatchery. In just over two months, the facility has purchased 3,069 green turtle eggs from 67 nests. She has instructed her workers to release the baby turtles upon emergence from the nest and not keep them in tanks.

(Ed. The hatching success achieved by this private initiative is not reported. There is bound to be a certain level of loss in the way the eggs are dug up and relocated, as compared to the ideal of paying collectors to leave a certain percentage of the eggs in situ, with full protection.) More »

New entry from Thailand in the IOSEA Project Database 12 Jul 2014

Juvenile Sea Turtle Rehabiliation and Head-Starting ProjectThe IOSEA Projects Database provides information on marine turtle conservation projects throughout the Indian Ocean and South-East Asia. At present, the database includes details of more than 130 projects in about 30 countries, most of them IOSEA Signatory States.

This month, a new entry was submitted by Chad Scott, Marine Project Coordinator at the Save Koh Tao Marine Branch, a subset of the Save Koh Tao Community Group based in Koh Tao, Thailand. The project involves rehabilitating juvenile sea turtles received from the Thai Navy. More »

What it will take to save Qatar’s Hawksbill turtles? 7 Jul 2014

Photos by Ren Wlasiuk.Qatar resident Ren Wlasiuk recently spent a few days observing the annual hatching of carefully tended Hawksbill turtles, a species that some of the country’s scientists have been working hard to keep out of danger.

In a report on the Doha News website, she reports on what’s being done to save the turtles, and how residents can help. More »

South China Sea: 'Territorial fight is an ecological tragedy' 3 Jul 2014

Only 177 out of 555 sea turtles were alive when Philippine National Police apprehended Chinese poachers off Palawan. Photo taken from https://arloc888.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/chinese-fisherman-turtle.jpgIn May 2014, the Philippine National Police apprehended nine Chinese fishermen off Palawan in the disputed South China Sea. The fishermen were alleged to have captured hundreds of marine turtles and to have entered the country illegally. China warned the Philippines of retaliation from Beijing if the fishermen were not released without delay.

In an article published in the Bangkok Post, Atty Zelda Soriano, a political advisor for Greenpeace Southeast Asia, argues that environmental solutions and conflict resolution through diplomatic, legal and other channels must go hand in hand -- including a multinational policing and enforcement mechanism. The author also calls on the governments in dispute to support negotiations for an implementing agreement under the UNCLOS to protect marine biodiversity beyond national jurisdictions. More »

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