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.
IOSEA Secretariat is still exploring the feasibility
of organising a small workshop later in the year
to assemble expertise from Western Indian Ocean
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
The Gnaraloo Turtle Conservation Program (GTCP)
in Western Australia has recently updated its
entry in the IOSEA Project Database. Check it
always, we hope you enjoy reading the regional
news headlines from April, below.