We’re pleased to provide, in the Profile of the
Month for April, an update on marine turtle conservation
activities in the Islamic Republic of Iran, which
have advanced tremendously over the last 6 or
7 years, thanks largely to the efforts of Asghar
Mobaraki in the Department of Environment.
the first time in quite a while, we had no feature
articles to offer in March, but this deficit is
more than compensated by a wide selection of interesting
headline news stories from across the region.
There were, as usual, many stories from India
focusing not only on the seasonal mass nesting
of olive ridley turtles, but also on important
contributions to conservation made by small community
groups. More generally, the serious and growing
problem of marine debris is picked up in a number
of articles that highlight the ingestion of plastics
by marine turtles, often with fatal consequences.
the news from Thailand seems to point to the imminent
demise of its Andaman Sea leatherback population
which used to produce hundreds of nests annually
and now generates only a handful, if any. On a
brighter note there’s a report on the launch,
in early March, of Kenya’s national sea turtle
conservation strategy; and, from Bangladesh, we
learn of the incredible 12,000 journey of an olive
ridley turtle whose movements around the Bay of
Bengal have been tracked for over a year now.
Successful prosecutions for offences related to
sea turtles – relatively rare events, at least
in terms of media coverage – are reported from
We hope you take time to read these and many other
interesting stories in the Monthly Round-up, below.
As the annual International Sea Turtle Symposium (San Diego, 12-15 April) approaches, final preparations are being made for an IOSEA side-meeting being organised on the afternoon of Monday, 11 April. The Coordinator, several Advisory Committee members and other IOSEA ‘family members’ are expected to lead a discussion of various items of the work programme that have been taking shape in recent months. The provisional agenda is available online. Anyone with an interest in sea turtle conservation in the region is welcome to attend.
to the efforts of our Korean intern, Ms. Ara Jo,
and Dr. Dae-Yeon Moon, of Korea’s National Fisheries
Research and Development Institute, the IOSEA
website now boasts a Korean translation of the
IOSEA MoU, including its Conservation and Management
Plan. Many thanks!
but not least, a word of thanks goes to the UK
Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
(Defra) which has just pledged a much-appreciated
voluntary contribution to IOSEA of GBP 10,000.