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Illegal Take and Trade of Marine Turtles in the IOSEA region

WWF-IOSEA Fact sheet based on the IOSEA synthesis paper

Executive Summary and Full Draft Synthesis paper

Further reading

Marine turtle trade online news featured on the IOSEA Website and on other websites

List of organisations active in the fight against marine turtle trade in the IOSEA region

How you can get involved

Activities of the IOSEA Working Group to address issues related to marine turtle trade


IOSEA Working Group to address issues related to marine turtle trade

In the aftermath of the Seventh Meeting of IOSEA Signatory States (Bonn, September 2014), it was decided to establish a working group to address issues related to turtle take and trade. This decision was prompted by the findings of the IOSEA synthesis report "Illegal Take and Trade of Marine Turtles in the IOSEA Region", which highlighted numerous examples of ongoing illegal activity across the region.

Expressions of interest to participate in the Working Group have included:

— Among IOSEA Signatory States: Australia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Kenya, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Philippines, United Republic of Tanzania, United States.

— Among IOSEA Advisory Committee members: Dr. Colin Limpus, Dr. Jeff Miller

— Among partner international organisations: the InterAmerican Sea Turtle Convention (IAC)

During the course of 2015, the Working Group was consulted on and provided inputs to several iterations of the revised Executive Summary (of the synthesis report), which was ultimately submitted as a Information Document for consideration by the 66th Meeting of the CITES Standing Committee (Geneva, January 2016).


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