A sad reminder about the deadly impact of waste on marine turtles
Recently, Stephane Ciccione, director of "Kelonia, the observatory of marine turtles", received a call from a group of people sailing near Cap La Houssaye. They had just seen a turtle floating at the surface and did not know what to do about it. As they approached, the animal did not respond and even tried to swim away. After boarding the turtle on the boat, the crew came back to the harbour and handed it to Stephane, who immediately took the turtle to the vet. More »
We are pleased to bring you an informative Profile of the Month that offers unique insights into marine turtle conservation activities in the Republic of Korea. It is probably the most comprehensive overview available in English on this subject. Although Korea is not yet a signatory to IOSEA, marine turtles frequent its waters and the fishing operations conducted by Korean vessels are directly relevant to marine turtles.
Special attention is drawn to a message posted last week on the IOSEA Message Board, seeking a consultant to undertake an Ecological Risk Assessment for marine turtles in the IOSEA region, on behalf of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission and the IOSEA Marine Turtle MoU. The output from this jointly-funded initiative is due in December 2012. The deadline for applications, to be sent directly to the IOTC Secretariat, is Thursday, 9 August 2012.
As noted above, feature articles on the website in July highlighted a number of interesting developments relevant to IOSEA, including the creation of a national marine turtle committee in Pakistan and appointment of a new national Focal Point; and the IOTC's adoption of an updated resolution on marine turtle conservation which will take effect in August 2012.
Reminder to IOSEA Focal Points about two ongoing processes: Copies of national sea turtle plans were due by the end of July and any comments on the draft Site Network Evaluation Criteria are requested by 19 August.
The Secretariat has made a few changes to the IOSEA website: increasing the number and frequency of posting of Message Board items (in response to a considerable increase in turtle-related activities); adding an appeal for contributions of content to the website; and discontinuing the Twitter feed which had been introduced on a trial basis in 2011.
In July, the Secretariat organised a conference call that brought together representatives of each of the four IOSEA sub-regions: Dr. Novianto Bambang Wawandono, Director of Biodiversity Conservation, Indonesia (Southeast Asia 'plus'); Dr. S.K. Khanduri, Inspector General of Forests (Wildlife), India (Northern Indian Ocean); Dr. Thabit Zahran Al-Abdessalaam, Director, Biodiversity Management Sector, Environment Agency Abu Dhabi, UAE (Northwest Indian Ocean) and Dr. Marguerite Rasolofo Voahirana on behalf of Director, Centre National de Recherches sur l’Environnement (CNRE), Madagascar (Western Indian Ocean). Technical difficulties prevented a connection to the Advisory Committee Chairman, Dr. Jack Frazier. A summary of the points discussed can be made available to national Focal Points and Advisory Committee members, upon request.
Next month: look forward to a report on a CBD-organised workshop to identify "Ecologicaly or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSAs) in the southern Indian Ocean, presently taking place in Mauritius.
Last, but not least, the Secretariat wishes to acknowledge with thanks additional financial contributions in support of work of the IOSEA Marine Turtle MoU received from the Governments of Oman, Thailand and the United States.