IOSEA e-News for September 2009 (www.ioseaturtles.org)
 
SELECTED STORIES FEATURED ON THE IOSEA SITE LAST MONTH

WIOMSA Scientific Symposium offers backdrop for turtle talks

The Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) organised a successful ‎Sixth Scientific Symposium in St. Denis, La Réunion (France) from 24-29 August 2009. ‎From its modest beginnings, the biennial symposium has gone from strength to strength in ‎recent years – now attracting hundreds of participants from across the region and well ‎beyond.

The scientific programme was rich in content and covered a remarkably wide ‎diversity of topics, in both oral and poster presentations. Marine turtles were well ‎represented – alongside related subjects, such as community-based conservation, socio-‎economics, fisheries management, marine protected areas, and marine ecology.‎ More »


Online system to view and study the world's MPAs

At a time when the world's oceans are facing unprecedented pressures from human impacts in the marine environment, a new decision-making tool has been launched to provide the most current and relevant information about marine and coastal biodiversity and its protection status.

This marine protected areas tool (www.wdpa-marine.org), created by the United Nations Environment Programme's World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), is part of the recently redeveloped World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) – the authoritative and most globally comprehensive list of marine and terrestrial protected areas. More »

 
FROM THE SECRETARIAT

The Western Indian Ocean dominates the news this month, with a special Profile of the Month devoted to the sub-region’s marine turtles; and a feature article on the WIOMSA Scientific Symposium held recently in La Réunion.

And there’s more to come from that part of the world. A new Bibliography Resource – focusing on the WIO – has been compiled and is undergoing fine-tuning before its formal launch on the IOSEA website in the coming week or so. Also, the IOSEA Projects Database will soon be bolstered with several dozen new or updated projects from the WIO region.

Last, but not least, we can expect to hear more in the coming months about a new project being developed under the Southwest Indian Ocean Fisheries Project (SWIOFP), with an important marine turtle component, which will strengthen IOSEA implementation in the sub-region.

Of more general interest, IOSEA Focal Points can look forward to receiving an announcement this month, by email, about the new IOSEA Technical Support and Capacity Building Programme.

As always, contributions to the website are most welcome!


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

Thailand: Two more sick turtles found in Phuket 31 Aug

Oil spill off Western Australia growing 30 Aug

Indonesian islanders struggle to conserve marine species 29 Aug

Bahrain: Dead turtle ‘not rare Olive Ridley’ 28 Aug

Green group delighted at Tata’s willingness to talk 28 Aug

Philippines: 2 green sea turtles released in Albay 27 Aug

Bahrain: Second Ridley turtle found on Askar shore 27 Aug

$50b question: Gorgon carbon claims in doubt 26 Aug

Long-lost turtle turns up in Atlantic a year after tagging 26 Aug

Central fishermen unite community to protect reef 25 Aug

PTT may need 50 days to stop Timor sea oil rig leak 24 Aug

Experts discuss enhancing coral resilience 21 Aug

Thailand: Olive the turtle fights for life on Phuket 18 Aug

India: Sea turtles under threat in Kerala 18 Aug

Philippines: 10 green turtles freed in Quezon 10 Aug

Malaysia: State defers Pulau Upeh redevelopment 7 Aug

Giant green turtle saved off WA's north-west coast 7 Aug

India: Port expansion hits Olive Ridley turtle hurdle 7 Aug

Pacific sea turtle protection committee meets 5 Aug

Australia: Leatherback turtle washed ashore 4 Aug

UAE: Regulations for responsible marine use drawn up 4 Aug

US tuna companies ‘shell out’ for sea turtles 4 Aug

Sri Lanka: Reef raiders making coral tombs 2 Aug

Port expansion poses threat to mass nesting of turtles 2 Aug

 

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