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!