The Minister of Tourism, H.E. Mrs. Askalu Menkorios, has urged authorities to conduct regular cleaning campaigns at the beaches of Sheik Said, the closest island to the Port City of Massawa.
She was addressing more than 70 volunteers who
enthusiastically took part in a successful turtle
nesting beach clean-up held on the site of the
first proposed Eritrean marine protected area.
The island also happens to be highly frequented
by tourists. The initiative aims to raise awareness
amongst several government agencies of the plight
of marine turtles and to inform them on how they
can contribute to marine resource conservation. More »
This article concerns a number of old, but interesting tag recoveries from the Republic of Djibouti, located in east Africa at the juncture of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.
With a coastline approximately 370 km long, Djibouti's
northern coast between the border of Eritrea and
Ras Bir faces the narrow Strait of Bab-al-Mandab.
The remainder lies along the Gulf of Tadjoura
between Obock in the north and the mainland of
Djibouti to the south. More »
Secretariat is pleased to announce that on 26
April 2010, Dr. Mohamed Shiham Adam, Director
General of the Marine Research Centre, signed
the IOSEA Marine Turtle Memorandum of Understanding
on behalf of the Government of Maldives, as authorised
by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Ahmed
Shaheed. The signing took place during the 30th
Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation
held in Goa, India.
The IOSEA Secretariat has already had discussions with Marine Research Centre staff about the possible provision of technical and other support to complement ongoing efforts of the Government. A number of resort islands have also been actively involved in sea turtle conservation for many years. More »
FROM THE SECRETARIAT
Just a few words from the Secretariat this month,
as we find ourselves in the midst of a busy period
for IOSEA and CMS mission travel.
First of all, for those of you who followed the
tragic events in Bangkok last month we are happy
to report that, at least for now, a sense of normal
life has returned to the city. However, the physical
aftermath of what happened is still plainly visible
and the deeper social and political divisions
will take a much longer time to resolve. The United
Nations office in Bangkok has continued to function
with a remarkable degree of normality, through
the widespread curfew (now lifted) and ongoing
state of emergency. We hope that external confidence
in Thailand will be restored in due course, so
that the country will once again be an attractive
place for foriegn tourists and international meetings.
We are still experiencing some technical problems
with the Online Reporting System, which we hope
are close to being ironed out. Thanks for your
month, we should have more to report on in relation
to a couple of workshops taking place in June
on the important topic of fisheries bycatch, as
well as developments concerning the IOSEA Site
Network proposal. Also, there are quite a number
of interesting satellite tracking projects to
the time being, we hope you enjoy reading about
a very special place for Hawksbill turtles in
Malaysia, thanks to the Profile of the Month contributed
by Min Min Lau of WWF-Malaysia.
MONTHLY ROUND-UP: What you may have missed in May
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