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Kelonia: Seas and Ocean Days

Photo c/o Marie LAURET-STEPLER, K?lonia, l'observatoire des tortues marinesThis is a short note to recapitulate Kelonia’s last important events of June 2010. First was the ‘Seas and World Ocean’ days, held between the 4th and 8th of June. On that occasion, Kelonia organised the release of two juvenile green turtles. The release of turtles to the wild is usually an event organised for school children, but it is now extended to a larger public. Sixteen persons, among them 8 children from 4 to 11 years old, participated in the event. The Mayor of St-Leu was also present.

Despite a weather forecast not very favourable to a sea outing, the participants took the 3-month old green turtles to the open waters and watched them going back to their natural environment. As always, they came back very pleased to be part of the conservation programmes for marine turtles on Reunion Island. More »


This month we welcome the Maldives to the IOSEA family, which brings a full complement of members from South Asia. The IOSEA MoU took effect in the country on 1 July 2010, and a Focal Point has already been appointed. Please visit the Membership section of the website for contact details of the Director, Fisheries Management Agency.

The Secretariat is pleased to announce that its application to the United States Marine Turtle Conservation Fund – for partial funding of the Sixth Meeting of IOSEA Signatory States – has been approved. This generous contribution from the US Government will go a long way towards bringing together all of the member States in order to review implementation of the agreement. Meanwhile, discussions are continuing with countries that are considering hosting the meeting in the early part of 2011.

Speaking of the US Marine Turtle Conservation Fund, we have just updated a table describing the many turtle conservation projects around the IOSEA region that have been supported through the fund over the last five years. From 2005-2009, projects in about 37 countries have received MTCF support to the tune of USD 3.7 million.

Elsewhere on the website, we report on two bycatch workshops held in June, one in Bali and the other in Brisbane. The IOSEA Coordinator took advantage of his trip to Australia to pay a visit to the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (DEWHA) in Canberra. The provisional ‘Terms of Reference and Guidelines for IOSEA National Focal Points’ served as an excellent starting point for a half-day discussion with the IOSEA Focal Point, Jillian Grayson, and other colleagues of the Marine Division. Coincidentally, Australia’s voluntary contribution to IOSEA arrived in June – a much needed injection of funding in what is certain to be a challenging financial year.

At long last, the almost never-ending story of our website troubles seems to be nearing a happy conclusion. After giving up on two US-based internet service providers that were unable to provide the required functionality, we have been working with an ISP in Thailand to restore the Online Reporting Facility to full operation in the coming days. Moving the database from the United States to Thailand may impact the speed of access – positively or negatively – depending on one’s location on the globe, but hopefully any delay in response time will be negligible. A formal announcement will be made to Signatory States once the system is ready to accept new information.

One a personal note, we were pleased to hear recently from Jairos Mahenge, who has taken a two-year leave of absence from his work at the Mnazi Bay - Ruvuma Estuary Marine Park, Tanzania, to attend a course on ‘Coastal Adaptation to Climate Change’ at the University of Rhode Island/Coastal Resources Center, in the US. We wish Jairos all the best in his studies.

This month marks a minor anniversary for IOSEA: July 14th is the tenth anniversary of the adoption of the official text of the IOSEA Marine Turtle MoU -- formalised by signature of the Final Act of the Negotiation Meeting held in Kuantan, Malaysia. It is heartening to note that, of the 20 countries that signed the symbolic Final Act on that occasion, all but two (Egypt and Malaysia) have gone on to formally endorse the agreement, along with 13 other adherents.

We are not aware of any celebrations being planned this year, but Signatory States may wish to consider marking one or two significant milestones in 2011: the tenth anniversary of the adoption of the Conservation and Management Plan in Manila (23 June) and 1 September: the tenth anniversary of the date upon which the IOSEA Marine Turtle MoU took effect.

Last, but not least: lots of interesting 'Headlines' in June ... Enjoy reading them (below)!

MONTHLY ROUND-UP: What you may have missed in June
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Guidebook on coral reef protection launched 30 Jun

India: Gulf of Mannar faces ‘marine litter’ 30 Jun

Phuket turtle poisoning: Three villagers die 28 Jun

Orissa’s first Marine bio-technology park 28 Jun

India: Conservation, the genetic way 27 Jun

Malaysia: Sea turtles given a lifeline 27 Jun

Animals’ survival threatened by climate change 25 Jun

Green turtle trapped in net off Mindoro, tagged, freed 24 Jun

Huge drop in sea turtle mortality at Orissa rookery 23 Jun

Philippines: WWF-CEB help protect Apo Reef 20 Jun

Phuket’s reefs gain from gathering of experts 20 Jun

Egypt oil spill threatens Red Sea marine life 20 Jun

Turtles doomed in Lanka 18 Jun

Injured near-extinct Olive Ridley turtle in good hands 17 Jun

Oldest sea turtle conservation group changes its name 17 Jun

Sea turtle nesting ground? The other Kuta Beach 17 Jun

Bahrain: Dumping ‘killing coral reef’ 14 Jun

UAE: Jumeirah release rescued turtles 14 Jun

UNDP approves project for blackbucks & turtles protection 14 Jun

Qatar: Experts gain success in turtle tracking plan 12 Jun

India: More hatcheries on anvil to brood turtles 11 Jun

Australia: Gorgon project ‘must immediately halt’ 10 Jun

Australia: Turtle egg rescue fails 10 Jun

25 rehabilitated turtles set free to the oceans once more 9 Jun

India: WII monitoring Olive Ridleys on Odisha coast 9 Jun

Global warming, humans endanger marine sanctuaries 8 Jun

Malaysia: Extinction threat 8 Jun

Malaysia — Wanted: laws with bite 8 Jun

Stronger law enforcement pushed for Palawan 8 Jun

New fishing techniques, equipment could save turtles 8 Jun

Oman: On the Hawksbill’s trail 8 Jun

Treating sea as open sewer hits ecology beyond repair 7 Jun

Development in coastal areas endangers Hawksbill Turtle 6 Jun

Qatar: CNA-Q adopts Hawskbill turtle ‘Q’ 4 Jun

Australia: Reef watchdog ‘a toothless tiger’ 3 Jun

Philippines: Guidebook for marine protection launched 3 Jun

Philippines: No more pawikan dishes at Pasay resto 2 Jun


for July 2010

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