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Turtle release captures national media attention in Eritrea

Two hawksbill turtles -- one juvenile and one old female -- were released to their natural habitat along Eritrea's coast on 15 March 2012 after a period of convalescence. They had been nursed back to health after being injured during incidental capture.

The release programme conducted at the Port City of Massawa was designed to publicize turtle conservation work and highlight the need to protect marine species and their habitats in the coastal areas and islands of the Eritrean Red Sea. More »


We're back! The Secretariat is pleased to be in a position to resume publication of the monthly e-News service, after a long absence due to floods, pre-occupation with meetings and, most recently, computer hackers.

The Profile of the Month for May focuses on a very productive training workshop conducted in Myanmar about a month ago, led by Dr. Colin Limpus of the IOSEA Advisory Committee. Coincidentally, just a couple of weeks after the workshop, Department of Fisheries staff based in Myeik,Tanintharyi Region, obtained what may be the first-ever photographic proof of a loggerhead turtle foraging in Myanmar waters. IOSEA will continue to support conservation efforts in Myanmar in the months to come.

The Advisory Committee has begun its work to review and revise the selection criteria for the new IOSEA Site Network, a task led by Dr. Mark Hamann. The work is expected to take somewhat longer than the original deadline of 31 May, but Signatory States will be given ample time to review the final proposal.

Dr. Ronel Nel, Chair of the Western Indian Ocean - Marine Turtle Task Force, is putting the finishing touches on the basic update of the IOSEA region-wide leatherback assessment, which should include a number of concrete project proposals for immediate follow-up.

The IOSEA Secretariat is still exploring the feasibility of organising a small workshop later in the year to assemble expertise from Western Indian Ocean countries.

Lindsey West (SeaSense-Tanzania) reports that a meeting of Tanzania's national sea turtle committee will be held in May, and that the Southwest Indian Ocean Fisheries Project (SWIOFP) has provided a small number of satellite transmitters for deployment in that country, as well as in Mozambique, Kenya, Seychelles and Mauritius. More news on this as it becomes available.

While on the subject of satellite tracking, the coverage of the Satellite Tracking Metadatabase is now approaching 1000 animals, from six species, over two decades. The database was put to good use at a dedicated workshop organised during the Sixth Meeting of IOSEA Signatory States (report to be published shortly).

The Gnaraloo Turtle Conservation Program (GTCP) in Western Australia has recently updated its entry in the IOSEA Project Database. Check it out here.

As always, we hope you enjoy reading the regional news headlines from April, below.

MONTHLY ROUND-UP: What you may have missed in April
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Malaysia: 'Do more to stop turtle cruelty' 28 Apr

India: Former poachers turn turtle protectors 28 Apr

Olive Ridley turtles keep away from narrow Malabar beaches 27 Apr

NBAD joins environmetal movements to protect planet 26 Apr

Malaysia: 3 dead turtles with shells cut off found on island 25 Apr

Philippines: Dead sea turtles, corals seized in Vietnamese boat 25 Apr

Quiksilver donates $7,800 for sea turtle conservation 25 Apr

Olive Ridley hatchlings face obstacles in reaching sea 23 Apr

India: Efforts on to protect baby Olive Ridleys 21 Apr

India: Olive Ridley hatchlings released into sea 21 Apr

India: Conservation move pays dividends 20 Apr

Fishermen blast premier dive sites off Indonesia 20 Apr

Thousands of olive ridleys born, but not all are lucky 19 Apr

Australia: Icon to treat tortured turtles 19 Apr

Survey of sea turtles doubles endangered species' number 19 Apr

Australia: Endangered turtle home after epic swim 18 Apr

Southern Africa to build climate change study centre 18 Apr

Australian CSG plant 'will have effect on reef animals' 17 Apr

Malaysia: Greening project at sanctuary for turtles 16 Apr

UAE: Students float clean-up campaign for RAK beach 15 Apr

Philippines: Stranded sea turtles released in Sibonga 14 Apr

Saipan: Ex-convict allegedly caught green sea turtle 13 Apr

Turtle nesting look up on Goa beaches 12 Apr

Australia: Turtles at loggerheads with 4WDs 10 Apr

UAE biodiversity study looks at protection 10 Apr

India: High tides wash away houses, turtle eggs 10 Apr

Sea erosion in Orissa destroys Olive Ridley turtle eggs 10 Apr

Working with communities 'best for managing fisheries' 10 Apr

India: A village turns turtle 8 Apr

WWF Malaysia urges government to ban eating of turtle eggs 8 Apr

First batch of Olive Ridleys released into sea 7 Apr

Bangladesh: Save Sonadia, save Sundarbans 7 Apr

Alarming sea animal deaths on India's west coast 7 Apr

India: Turtles wriggle out of trouble 1 Apr


for May 2012

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