IOSEA e-News for March 2008 (www.ioseaturtles.org)
 
SELECTED STORIES FEATURED ON THE IOSEA SITE LAST MONTH

South East Sulawesi supplies poached sea turtles to Bali

An investigation in 2007 by ProFauna Indonesia has revealed that Green sea turtle poaching for trade is still continuing in South East Sulawesi, Indonesia. The investigation conducted by ProFauna, in collaboration with the World Society for the Protection of Animals, reported that about 1,115 green turtles (Chelonia mydas) are caught in the region every year

Most of them are said to have been poached in the Wakatobi National Park area, while some are caught in Moramo, Ereke, and Tikep regions. According to the investigation, the majority of the poached turtles are smuggled to Bali, where high demand for turtle meat increases the poaching in South East Sulawesi. There are reportedly two or three such shipments each year. More »

Love turtles and terrapins this Valentine’s Day

The Turtle Research and Rehabilitation Group of the Institute of Oceanography, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu with the support of a wide network of volunteers who will serve as our “Turtle Ambassadors” has announced the launch of year-long campaign to encourage members of the Malaysian public NOT to eat turtle and terrapin eggs.

The campaign - which runs from February 2008 to February 2009 - has been spurred by disturbing trends that have developed in Malaysia in recent years. More »

WIO-Marine Turtle Task Force to meet in Dar es Salaam

The first meeting of the Western Indian Ocean - Marine Turtle Task force has been rescheduled and will now take place in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, from 27-29 February 2008. The Task Force was formally established in November 2007 in partnership with the Nairobi Convention. More »


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

Vets flip out over one-armed turtle (29 Feb)

Senseless, agonising death of a gentle giant (27 Feb)

Artificial coral reef project in Qatar (25 Feb)

Marine fishing ban puts fishermen in trouble (25 Feb)

Sri Lanka coral reef fisheries destroyed (23 Feb)

Orissa should curb turtle deaths: Greenpeace (21 Feb)

Turtle studies suggest health risks (20 Feb)

Trawler threat to turtles, fishermen (17 Feb)

A walk down the beach inspires conservationist (17 Feb)

Malaysia's reef report mixed (16 Feb)

Major investment in Mozambique eco-tourism (16 Feb)

Dead turtles in Terengganu, Malaysia (14 Feb)

Former dynamite fishers’ den now turtle haven (14 Feb)

Taking action to save the world's coral reefs (14 Feb)

Kenya: Alarm bells after death of sea turtles (12 Feb)

India: Fishermen to patrol marine area (11 Feb)

Fiji: Conservation moves south (9 Feb)

Coral reefs may be protected (8 Feb)

Fijian community cheers turtle tagging (7 Feb)

Coast Guard steps up vigil for sea turtles (6 Feb)

Casuarina affecting turtle nesting habitats (5 Feb)

Sunscreen may be killing corals (4 Feb)

India: ‘Turtles may get armed protection’ (3 Feb)

Children try to protect Olive Ridleys in Kerala (2 Feb)

'Olive ridley turtles dying due to negligence' (1 Feb)

New SOS device for fishermen at sea (1 Feb)

Thousands of Olive Ridleys massacred again (1 Feb)

PROFILE OF THE MONTH
for MARCH 2008

Jordanian investigation into marine turtles of the Gulf of Aqaba, Red Sea

This month's Profile from Jordan is a first from that country - describing a study to elucidate the nature of its turtle population. More »


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