IOSEA e-News for January 2010 (www.ioseaturtles.org)
 
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Sea turtles feature prominently in new Iranian stamp series

Asghar Mobaraki, Iran’s Focal Point for IOSEA, reports that the Iranian postal corporation has recently released a commemorative souvenir sheet of postage stamps featuring marine turtles.
The public awareness initiative was undertaken in cooperation with the Department of Environment’s Wildlife and Aquatic Affairs Bureau, which proposed the stamp series during the 2006 Year of the Turtle celebrations. More »


The pillaging of Indonesia’s green turtles continues

Sea turtle drowned in net.  Photo c/o Turtle FoundationThe Turtle Foundation has filed this disturbing report from South Maratua, Derawan Archipelago, East-Borneo, Indonesia:

On November 30th, Pak Drepin, a local fisherman, discovered a huge abandoned fishing net which was partly entangled on the coral reef. When he tried to take the net out of the water he was struck by surprise as the net turned out to be extremely long (approx. 1000 meters) and contained an enormous number of sea turtles. Some sections of the net contained 10 drowned sea turtles per every 20 meters. The net was not only full of dead sea turtles, but also plenty of sharks and other animals.  More »


Oman plans to tackle light pollution in premier turtle reserve

During a nesting attempt, a green turtle wanders toward artificial lighting. Light pollution is a worldwide threat to sea turtles on their nesting beaches. Lighting visible from the beach is particularly disruptive to hatchlings emerging from their nests, drawing the young turtles landward instead of to the sea.Ras al Hadd, at the most easterly point of the Sultanate of Oman, is famous for its regionally ‎important green turtle nesting population. But it is also at risk of losing that revered status as ‎a consequence of light pollution, a problem that afflicts turtle nesting beaches all over the ‎world.‎

In July 2008, the Ras al Jinz Scientific and Visitor Centre Steering Committee decided to ‎commission a survey of light pollution and related impacts within the Ras al Hadd Turtle Reserve.‎  A ‎comprehensive report, including a detailed action plan for remedial measures, was submitted ‎to the MoT and MECA in May 2009.‎  The report contents are highly significant from several standpoints. More »

 
FROM THE SECRETARIAT

After last month's lengthy introduction, this month we let the
IOSEA 2009 Year-End Review and Look Ahead speak for itself. We hope you enjoy reading it!

MONTHLY ROUND-UP: What you may have missed in December

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Australia: Turtles in record numbers 31 Dec

India: Cellphones ring in death for Ridleys 31 Dec

Construction of lighthouse may hamper nesting of turtles 31 Dec

Malaysia: Study on Turtle Population in Semporna 25 Dec

‘Rogue’ tag on Orissa vessel 25 Dec

India: Orissa to set up Forest Academy in State 24 Dec

Gopalpur port expansion hampered 24 Dec

India: Rs1,000 to save Olive Ridley turtles this year 23 Dec

Australia: New device helps track turtles 22 Dec

Australia: Study sheds light on turtle tracking 22 Dec

Turtle tracking swimming through Cyclone Laurence 21 Dec

Hopes giant turtle can help save its species 21 Dec

Philippine Gov’t to go after Turtle Island sellers, buyers 20 Dec

Australia: Loggerhead turtle’s daylight mystery 20 Dec

India: Erosion squeezes nesting space 18 Dec

The threat to coral reefs must be faced now 16 Dec

Australia forms commission to investigate Montara oilspil 16 Dec

Australia: Nesting turtles affected by lights 14 Dec

UAE: Jade just won’t go 14 Dec

Australia: Watch out for turtles and win 14 Dec

Climate change makes finding Nemo even harder 14 Dec

Turtle hatchlings released off Morong, Bataan coast 14 Dec

Five arrested for fishing at turtle nesting site 14 Dec

Orissa gov. allocates just INR 1000 for endangered turtles 14 Dec

Illegal fishing trawlers threatening Olive Ridley turtles 13 Dec

Turtles lay by the dozen (at Mon Repos, Australia) 12 Dec

New strategic programme to strengthen WIO coastal and marine protection 11 Dec

Bangladesh: St Martin’s treasure at risk 10 Dec

Extinction threatens Coral Reefs unless CO2 limited 9 Dec

1.1m turtle found at Bucasia Beach, Australia 7 Dec

List of ‘unsung’ wildlife affected by climate change released 7 Dec

Australia’s longest-studied turtle returns 5 Dec

Thailand: Turtles released in Phuket for HM The King 4 Dec

Coral reefs in Madagascar ‘at serious risk’ 4 Dec

Stranded turtle may have swallowed plastic bag 3 Dec

Guam: Is price tag for carrier wharf worth it? 3 Dec

Race to save stranded rare green turtle 2 Dec

Fishing on, turtles still under threat 1 Dec

 

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