In the interest of making French language information
on important turtle work more accessible, in this
month’s Profile we present an English translation
of a recent report documenting impressive research
conducted by IFREMER, the French Research Institute
for Exploration of the Sea.
We welcome three new national Focal Points to
the IOSEA family: Dr S.K. Khanduri (India), Dr.
Novianto Bambang Wawandono (Indonesia), and Prof.
Félicitée Rejo-Fienena (Madagascar). Their full
contact details can be found in the Membership
section of the website. Coincidentally, all three
countries, together with the United Arab Emirates,
serve also as IOSEA sub-regional Focal Points.
The Secretariat hopes to organise the first conference
call of all four subregional Focal Points and
the Advisory Committee Chair within the next two
As noted above, in May the Secretariat distributed
the Report of the Sixth Meeting of IOSEA Signatory
States to a defined mailing list and also posted
a full PDF version online. If the report has not
reached you by post, and you still wish to receive
a copy, please contact us.
The Secretariat also circulated a request to all
IOSEA Focal Points, seeking hard copies or PDFs
of national marine conservation plans. At least
a dozen such plans are known to exist, and several
more are under development. Focal Points have
been asked to respond by the end of July.
The Secretariat is putting the finishing touches
on the IOSEA Site Network Evaluation Criteria
and Information Sheet template, following extensive
consultation within the Advisory Committee and
beyond. The documents should be ready for circulation
to IOSEA Focal Points by mid-July, for final review/comment.
The Coordinator has been corresponding with counterparts
in the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) and
the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) about
IOSEA involvement in a number of upcoming processes
/ meetings. IOTC is making plans to conduct an
Ecological Risk Assessment (ERA) for sea turtles,
in preparation for discussions in its Working
Party on Ecosystems and Bycatch (WPEB) and Scientific
Committee, which will meet in September and December,
respectively. The CBD Secretariat is scheduled
to hold a regional workshop on “Ecologically or
Biologically Significant Marine Areas” (EBSAs),
in Mauritius from 30 July to 3 August 2012, which
should be highly relevant to the further development
of the IOSEA Site Network.
Satellite Tracking Metadatabase has
now passed the 1000 animal milestone, with green
turtles being the most studied species in the
IOSEA region, distantly followed by loggerheads,
flatbacks and hawkbills. At present, turtles of
all six species are being actively tracked in
about a dozen countries, from Australia to United
We encourage readers to regularly consult the
Message Board, which is updated frequently
with news from other organisations, information
on new publications, vacancy announcements etc.
Messages are retained for a few weeks before being
archived to make way for new ones. Some of the
current messages are shown at right.
closing, the Secretariat would like to express
its gratitude to the Governments of South Africa
and the United States, which have both contributed
to the IOSEA Trust Fund in recent weeks. We have
been advised that further pledges from France,
India, Thailand and United Kingdom are currently
Last, but not least, the Headlines for the month
of May, which included celebration of "World
Sea Turtle Day". They feature a fascinating
potpourri of articles from no less than a dozen
countries scattered across the IOSEA region– on
topics ranging from turtle rescues and releases,
to good (and not so good) news about marine reserves
and coral bleaching. Enjoy!