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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: 5 March 2015
Fiji: Refrain from eating, killing turtles
The consumption, sale and digging of turtle eggs is the same as aiding and abetting any turtle killing, which is a crime under the Fisheries Act, says a Divisional Fisheries officer.

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Worrying impacts of plastic debris on marine turtles 2 Mar 2015

GRN_plasticbag_Australia_TroyMayne_webA study published in the Marine Pollution Bulletin found that the enormous amount of plastic debris that’s making its way into our oceans every year is contributing to the potential extinction of some already endangered marine species. At least 44,000 animals and organisms have become entangled in, or swallowed marine debris in the past five decades, and plastic waste accounted for nearly 92 percent of these cases. The green, hawksbill and loggerhead sea turtles were identified among the worst affected marine species. The physiology and health impacts of plastic ingestion remain under-investigated.  More »

Marine turtle conservation at Dubai’s Burj-Al-Arab Aquarium 23 Feb 2015

A post on the Blooloop website reports on the ground-breaking conservation activities carried out at the Burj Al Arab aquarium in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The most notable is their sea turtle rehabilitation project which is run in collaboration with the Jumeirah Group and Dubai’s Wildlife Protection Office. The turtle project celebrated its tenth anniversary last year, and throughout 2014 released over 150 sea turtles back into the wild.  More »

Protect one species, harm another? 13 Feb 2015

Even the best-thought-out conservation efforts can have unintended effects on the environment. Photo Firdia Lisnawati/AP.Even the best-thought-out conservation efforts can have unintended effects on the environment, benefiting some large-bodied species over less charismatic ones. According to Douglas McCauley, an ecologist at the University of California at Santa Barbara, that’s because reintroducing a species into an environment that lacks predators or other mechanisms to keep populations in check, or protecting a population that would otherwise disappear, can make the entire ecosystem unstable. He recommends fixing all the damaged parts of an ecosystem at the same time.

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Flipping for Chennai: a story of Olive Ridley conservation 9 Feb 2015

Youssef Labidi, 29-year-old Tunisian conservationistA feature published in the Indian online newspaper “The Hindu” reports how a love for Olive Ridleys has brought a 29-year-old Tunisian conservationist from the beaches of Bizerte to the Marina of Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. Volunteering to support conservation initiatives driven by the Forest Department, Youssef has become an expert on Olive Ridleys, creating videos explaining the dangers facing them. Youssef’s presence has reportedly boosted the Ridley awareness drive in Chennai.
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Take your part in combatting wildlife crime online! 2 Feb 2015

WildleaksTwo non-profit online tools created last year (2014) allow you to play a role in combatting wildlife crime, including marine turtle crimes, simply by reporting them. The objective of the WildLeaks website and of the WildScan mobile app is to facilitate the investigation and prosecution of those responsible for robbing the planet of its natural resources where it’s often difficult or dangerous to report them. Illicit wildlife trade was estimated to bring $19 billion per year to organized criminal syndicates. More »

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