IOSEA e-News for June 2007 (www.ioseaturtles.org)
 
SELECTED STORIES FEATURED ON THE IOSEA SITE LAST MONTH


Seized turtles in Indonesia - Turtle Foundation photo Editorial: Turtle seizure raises more questions than answers

On 8 May 2007, Indonesian authorities intercepted a Chinese fishing vessel off the eastern coast of Kalimantan with nearly 400 dead turtles on board.

Congratulations are extended to the agencies that conducted this and other similar enforcement operations in recent years. But one has to ask: on what scale is this illegal fishing occurring and are these successful operations catching only a small fraction of the vessels involved?
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Screen shot of new Online Reporting Facility - Editor Testing of Upgraded Online Reporting Facility

An upgrade of the Online Reporting Facility has been under intensive development over the past several months. The new system will be introduced in stages over the coming days and weeks. It offers significant enhancements, in terms of ease of data entry as well as new analytical tools that can be used to identify strengths and weaknesses in IOSEA implementation. More »


Seminar for Eritrean army commanders Conservation awareness seminar for Eritrean Army

The Eritrean Coastal, Marine and Island Biodiversity (ECMIB) Project in collaboration with the National Union of Eritrean Youth and Students (NUEYS) has conducted awareness seminars for army personnel in the Southern Eritrean Red Sea (SERS) Region. Hundreds of soldiers and commanders took part in the workshops. More »

NEWS FROM THE SECRETARIAT


As mentioned above, the long-awaited upgrade to the Online Reporting Facility is reaching an end, with beta testing of the new 'Editor' having begun this past month. Focal Points from Australia, Bahrain, Kenya, Philippines, and South Africa have agreed to provide feedback on their use of the new system in the coming weeks. It is expected that a similar test of the new 'Viewer' can commence by the end of June.

This past month the Co-ordinator was called upon to don his other Convention on Migratory Species "hat" and take up the cause of a (very) distant relative of the sea turtle, the endangered Siberian Crane which migrates from breeding grounds in northern Russia and winters in China, Iran and, formerly, India. The 11 Signatory States and partners to this other pioneering CMS Memorandum of Understanding met for five days in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Though the connection between modern cranes and sea turtles may appear tenous, some valuable lessons learned in establishing a network of important sites under the Siberian Crane MoU may eventually be useful in the IOSEA context.

In this issue of e-News, we revisit the Islamic Republic of Iran where Asghar Mobaraki and Amir Mohammad Elmi have continued the tagging programme started in 2005 with support from IOSEA. If you happen to have missed last month's profile on the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, a paradise for Green and Hawksbill turtles in the eastern Indian Ocean, please visit the Profile of the Month archive.

We always welcome contributions of extended profiles of significant "turtle places", research findings and topical issues to feather in the Profile of the Month section. Please drop us a line to reserve a future slot in the calendar.

 
MONTHLY ROUND-UP: Headlines you may have missed in May


Australia: Saving turtles brings excellent reward
(30 May)

China's wild animal trade still alive and well (30 May)

SE Asia nations to combat illegal animal trade (30 May)

Grim cargo of rare species found off China (28 May)

Turtle tagged in China found in Japan (23 May)

India: Artificial hatchery for Olive Ridley eggs (21 May)

Cyclones may blast turtles to extinction (15 May)

Yemen's sea turtles: The great survivors (14 May)

Empty nets as tide turns on Asia's fishermen (14 May)

May 23rd: Celebrate sea turtles in Guam (13 May)

Viet Nam to re-zone Con Dao islands (10 May)

Philippines: MPA created in Matina Aplaya (9 May)

Pakistan: Transmitter-equipped turtles disappear (5 May)

Indonesia: Demonstrating to Save the Turtles (5 May)

India: Dhamra Port to be commissioned by 2010 (4 May)

Transmitters from missing turtle sought (2 May)

Malaysia: 37 turtles return to sea (1 May)

 
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