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Empowering Coastal Communities in India for Holistic Conservation of Imperiled Marine and Terrestrial Resources

Terra Marine Research Institute Annual Report. (2014)

(27 Apr 2015)
Terra Marine Research Institute (TeMI) is a community invested, non–profit organisation based in Karnataka, India. One of the first major events TeMI was engaged in was the Timi-Kurm (Whale-Turtle) Fest in October 2013.

Marine Turtle Conservation Project: Final Scientific Report

Author: EWS-WWF. 2015.

(17 Mar 2015)
An overview of the scientific achivements of the collaborative, region-wide ‘Marine Turtle Conservation Project’. The project was led by EWS-WWF in the Arabian Gulf from 2010 to 2014.
“4 years. 4 countries. 75 tagged turtles. One shared vision: a safer, healthier future for marine turtles in the Arabian Gulf region.”

Preliminary study of the relative fishery impacts on non-­tuna species caught in various tuna fisheries

Authors: Justel-­‐Rubio, A. and Restrepo, V. ISSF Technical Report 2015-02 (2015).

(16 Mar 2015)
The purpose of this study is to provide descriptions of stock status (if available) and the relative impacts of different fisheries based on their current/recent levels of effort (if known), on non-­‐tuna species3 caught incidentally in tuna fisheries (with an emphasis on those species that are caught by purse seine fisheries).

Assessment of the conservation status of the loggerhead turtle in the Indian Ocean and South-East Asia

IOSEA Marine Turtle MoU Secretariat (2013)

(14 Oct 2014)
Region-wide survey covering legislative aspects, nesting populations and foraging populations. Includes an overall synthesis, highlighting gaps in biological information and management; as well as specific recommendations for further work.

Compiled by Mark Hamann, Ruth L. Kamrowski and Taylor Bodine

Bycatch assessment of vulnerable megafauna in coastal artisanal fisheries in the southwest Indian Ocean.

Author: Kiszka, J. Final report to SWIOFP. (2012)

(14 Oct 2014)
This study, conducted under Component 5 of SWIOFP: ‘mainstreaming biodiversity in WIO fisheries’, is the first in-depth regional study of megafauna bycatch in artisanal fisheries in the southwest Indian Ocean. The author recommends that drift gillnet fisheries should be the focus of future management initiatives, posing the greatest threat to marine mammals, sea turtles and large elasmobranchs in the region.

Marine Turtle Genetic Stocks of the Indo-Pacific: Identifying Boundaries and Knowledge Gaps

Nancy N FitzSimmons and Colin J. Limpus (2014)

(14 Oct 2014)
This paper summarises the present state of knowledge for all species of marine turtle populations within the Indo-Pacific in terms of the distribution of rookeries, the relative size of rookeries and how rookeries are grouped into genetic stocks. Information on the extent of foraging areas or migratory routes is provided from mark-recapture data, satellite telemetry data, or genetic studies. These studies also identify genetic stock habitat use across international borders.

Assessment of the conservation status of the leatherback turtle in the Indian Ocean and South-East Asia - 2012 Update

IOSEA Marine Turtle MoU Secretariat. Compiled by Dr. Ronel Nel (2012)

(13 Oct 2014)
Since the 2006 Leatherback Assessment, a number of new initiatives have occurred across the IOSEA region. This report offers an update of the 2006 Region-wide survey of the leatherback turtle species covering legislative aspects, nesting populations and foraging populations. Includes an overall synthesis, highlighting gaps in biological information and management; as well as specific recommendations for further work.

The Status of Marine Turtles in The United Republic of Tanzania, East Africa.

WWF. (2005)

(13 Oct 2014)
This report gives an overview of the status of the five species of marine turtles occur in Tanzania’s waters: green, hawksbill, loggerhead, olive ridley and leatherback turtles. Two species – green and hawksbill – nest. Populations are declining as a result of habitat destruction and alteration, overexploitation for meat and eggs, and incidental capture in gillnets and trawlers.

An assessment of the marine turtle products trade in Viet Nam.

Stiles, D. TRAFFIC Southeast Asia, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia. (2008)

(10 Oct 2014)
This study assesses how well the above actions were implemented. In addition, it determines the current status of marine turtle product trade in Viet Nam and assesses trends that have occurred since the 2002 TRAFFIC study was made (TRAFFIC, 2004; van Dijk and Shepherd, 2004). The only two species that are involved in regular trade are the Hawksbill and the Green Turtle. Urgent action is required to prevent virtual extirpation of marine turtles in mainland coastal Viet Nam.

An assessment of the trade in hawksbill turtles in Papua New Guinea

Kinch, J., Burgess, E.A. TRAFFIC Bulletin 22(2):62-72 (2009)

(10 Oct 2014)
In 2007, trade in Hawksbill Turtles was taking place throughout Papua New Guinea although the level of trade appeared to be low with a slow turnover. The nation’s capital, Port Moresby, was observed to be the location of sale of the majority of Hawksbill Turtle products during
this survey. This report formulates recommendations towards the conservation of marine turtle populations in the Western Pacific Region.

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