Tackling fisheries bycatch: A tale of two cities, two workshops
Two workshops focusing on the global problem of fisheries bycatch have been held in recent weeks. While the meetings may have shared a common theme, their approaches and outcomes were markedly different.
A three-day Coral Triangle Fishers Forum was held in Bali, Indonesia, from 15-17 June – organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, in partnership with the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC). The “Coral Triangle” refers to a vast area of rich marine biodiversity shared by Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands, and Timor-Leste. More »
Lots of interesting headlines this month, worth reading now if you didn’t catch them when the articles first appeared: Among them: a very sobering article about the Philippines’ Turtle Islands, where law enforcement is hindered by practical realities that must surely exist in many other parts of the IOSEA region; the ongoing Indian saga of Orissa turtles, Greenpeace and TATA – but also some more positive news from India concerning a local conservation group, as well as a plan to demarcate the Gulf of Mannar National Park; a rare update on conservation activities in Kenya; and details of a plan in Oman to build a 40km long causeway to attract more tourists to Masirah Island, home to one of the world’s largest loggerhead turtle populations. No further comment needed.
We are grateful to have received from Estelle Germaine, who works for Groupe Tortues Marine France (GTMF) a complete French translation of the IOSEA National Report template. This impressive undertaking will be posted online in August as a favour to all francophone IOSEA member States, who may find it easier to work with a French text. This is the first of a number of steps that may be taken in the coming months to make the IOSEA website a little friendlier for non-English speakers.
You may have noticed that the website was down for a few days in July, during essential security upgrading. But we are also very grateful, paradoxically, to the hackers whose depraved (but fortunately relatively benign) actions drew our attention to a fundamental weakness in our internet security defenses.
A few words about some members of the wider IOSEA community: Ronel Nel (South African Chair of the WIO-Marine Turtle Task Force) is presently on an extended sabbatical, but she wrote to say that she will be keeping tabs on the WIO-MTTF from somewhere in Alaska or Seattle, when not fishing for salmon. Stephane Ciccione (WIO-MTTF Vice-Chair) is just back from a lengthy field trip to Juan de Nova and Europa in the SW Indian Ocean, and another one to Moheli, in Comoros. His water-logged report on the interesting Comoros-based work will be posted shortly. Paparazzi are reporting that Jack Frazier (the elusive Chair of the IOSEA Advisory Committee) was last seen in Managua, Nicaragua, but these sightings have yet to be confirmed. Alexis Gutierrez (Chair of the Site Network Working Group) has been helping out with Gulf of Mexico oil spill mitigation efforts, but hopefully will have some time for IOSEA turtle work in the not to distant future. Speaking of the site network, we hope to have a substantially revised draft of the proposal to circulate to WG members in the coming weeks.
Finally, for anyone interested in multi-dimensional, grass roots conservation in Thailand, take a look at the latest installment of the Naucrates newsletter from Monica Aureggi and her team of volunteers. Well done!