IOSEA e-News for February 2013 (www.ioseaturtles.org)
 
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Marine Stewardship Council activities of relevance to marine turtle conservation in the Indian Ocean

Photo c/o Marine Research Centre, MaldivesSea turtles appear as incidental by-catch in many fisheries, but it seems that growing demand for sustainably caught seafood could be helping to change the way these fisheries operate.

Awareness of environmental issues is a growing trend worldwide and, in many markets, fisheries that are able to demonstrate that they adhere to environmental best practice have a distinct advantage. By creating buyer demand and promoting responsible fishing, market incentive programmes like the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) are making it economically attractive to change the way the world’s oceans are fished. More »

 
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Carrying on an annual tradition of recent years, in February’s Profile of the Month we present a substantial compilation of selected marine turtle-related activities around the Indian Ocean – South-East Asia region in 2012.

We begin with a country-based tour of the four IOSEA sub-regions and then move on to review other developments in 2012 that fit into five main categories: (1) Legislation, management and enforcement measures; (2) Conservation activities; (3) Research developments; (4) Awareness-raising activities; and (5) IOSEA institutional progress. Finally, we take a look at what we might anticipate from IOSEA and its membership in 2013.

If you are especially interested in marine turtles in the IOSEA region or if you would like to learn about activities that might be relevant to other parts of the world, this compilation offers a unique perspective on IOSEA region-wide developments in 2012.

We also encourage readers to review the article about the work of the Marine Stewardship Council and its relevance to marine turtle conservation in the Indian Ocean and beyond. The article makes several links to other very informative webpages that describe how the programme works, in detail.

January had fewer News Headlines than usual, but several of the articles are very interesting, including details of: an Australian study examining climate change impacts on marine turtles, an apparent resurgence of illegal turtle trade in Bali, devastating impacts to a major coral reef system off of Madagascar, the problem of “ghost nets” in Australia, and the amazing story of a loggerhead turtle recorded to have nested in Queensland more than 100 times over the course of more than three decades!

MONTHLY ROUND-UP: What you may have missed in January
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US navy will dismantle minesweeper stranded on coral reef 30 Jan

Thailand: Sunset Sea Turtle Release event 30 Jan

India: Visakhapatnam beaches give Olive Ridleys a raw deal 29 Jan

Climate change limits turtle’s nests 28 Jan

Hong Kong: Rescued green turtle returned to the sea 28 Jan

Indonesia: Illegal turtle trade returns to old scheme 25 Jan

1,000 sq m of coral reef destroyed by US Navy ship 24 Jan

Baby turtle found amongst barges saved by boatie 24 Jan

India: It’s the season… 23 Jan

Three arrested in Indonesia over green turtle trade 22 Jan

Indonesia: Green turtle smuggling continues 21 Jan

A loggerhead turtle unlocks some of the mysteries 21 Jan

Turtle lover seeks permanent solution to mass casualties 19 Jan

India: Coastline fatal for marine species 18 Jan

Navy ship gets stuck on coral reef in Philippines 18 Jan

Australia: Matilda the turtle all set to hit the sea 17 Jan

Philippines: U.S. navy ship stuck on coral reef 17 Jan

Hundreds of dead Olive Ridley turtles washed ashore 16 Jan

Lost fishing nets threatening marine biodiversity 15 Jan

Madagascar: ‘Wicked’ problems devastate pristine Coral Reef 15 Jan

USA: Bordallo reintroduces Coral Reef, IUU Fishing bills 14 Jan

Australia: Turtle nesting numbers increase on Coast 13 Jan

Decomposed carcasses of Olive ridley drift to Rushikulya 12 Jan

India: Illegal marine fishing continues off Gahirmatha 10 Jan

US government sued over endangered sea turtles 9 Jan

Australia: Loggerhead comeback queen returns again 7 Jan

Thailand: The plight of the hawksbill 5 Jan

Turtle numbers and increased marine stingers not linked 4 Jan

India: Turtles paddle to dangerous shores ... 4 Jan

 

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