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Welcome to the IOSEA Marine Turtle MoU Website!

The IOSEA Marine Turtle Memorandum of Understanding is an intergovernmental agreement that aims to protect, conserve, replenish and recover marine turtles and their habitats of the Indian Ocean and South-East Asian region, working in partnership with other relevant actors and organisations.


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LATEST: 28 September 2014
Australia: Plan to tackle turtle poachers “muddle-headed”
The Federal Government's $5-million plan to crackdown on the illegal trade of dugong and turtle meat has been called a “muddle-headed” approach to conservation.

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CNMI: DLNR Sea Turtle Program update 22 Sep 2014

DLNR Sea Turtle Program team member Jessy Hapdei and NOAA Affiliate Tammy Summers attach a satellite transmitter to a nesting green turtle.An article in the Mariana's Variety online Newspaper presents an update on the marine turtle research and monitoring program that was started
in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Island (CNMI) in 2005. Its goals have included to collect scientific data to support adaptive resource management, mitigate local threats to marine turtles and their habitat, and to build community support for sea turtle conservation through education and outreach.

In the CNMI, the green turtle is currently listed as Threatened under the Endangered Species Act, while the Hawksbill is listed as Endangered. Because both are protected federally and locally by law, the CNMI Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) receives funds from NOAA’s Pacific Islands Regional Office to study marine turtle nesting and foraging populations. More »

Australia: The joy of turning turtle 21 Sep 2014

A turtle off Lady Elliot islandRichard Green tells his experience swimming with marine turtles on the Great Barrier Reef and seeing them lay their eggs along the beach on Lady Elliot Island, in the Great Barrier Reef. Just before turtle nesting season, from November to March, he reports swimming besides a 4ft-long green turtle without needing to scuba dive to get close and coming upon a large female turtle lying in a sandy hollow.  More »

IOSEA Network of Sites for Indian Ocean Marine Turtles Launched 12 Sep 2014

Green Turtle at Ras al Jinz © D Hykle UNEP/CMS/IOSEAA highlight of the Seventh Meeting of IOSEA Signatory States, held from 8-11 September 2014 in Bonn, Germany, was the formal launch of the IOSEA Network of Sites of Importance for Marine Turtles. It capped a decade-long effort to develop a common framework for site-based conservation actions.

“The launch of the IOSEA network of sites is a major milestone for transboundary conservation of marine turtles in the Indian Ocean”, said Douglas Hykle, who has led the IOSEA programme, based in Bangkok, since 2003. “The network will help to focus and connect a wide range of conservation efforts under an exciting new partnership”. More »

The final countdown to IOSEA SS7 has begun! 2 Sep 2014

Bonn view c/o wikipediaNext week, delegates and experts from more than 25 countries across the Indian Ocean – South-East Asia region will assemble in Bonn, Germany, to tackle a packed agenda focusing on marine turtle conservation. Perhaps best known as the birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven and the former capital of West Germany, Bonn is also home to IOSEA's parent organisation, the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS).

Besides reviewing implementation of the IOSEA Conservation and Management Plan, aided by a detailed synthesis prepared by the Secretariat, the meeting will consider substantial papers on four themes identified as priorities by the IOSEA Signatory States when they last met in Bangkok in January 2012: (1) Illegal Take and Trade of Marine Turtles in the IOSEA Region; (2) Marine Turtle Genetic Stocks of the Indo-Pacific; ( 3) Socio-economic and Cultural Implications of Marine Turtle Use and Conservation; and (4) Indian Ocean Fisheries-Turtle Interactions. A fifth major topic will be a thorough review of IOSEA’s Technical Support / Capacity-Building Programme, including recommendations for its future direction, led by the IOSEA Advisory Committee.  More »

“Turtle-tastic” time at the Seychelles Sea Turtle Festival 22 Aug 2014

SOSF Island School Seychelles students enjoying the festival’s Family Fun Day activities. Photo: © Today in SeychellesThe Save our Seas Foundation reports that the Seychelles Sea Turtle Festival was officially opened on 8 August 2014 by Minister of Environment, Professor Rolph Payet. This was followed by a fantastic afternoon celebrating sea turtles for the students who have been participating in turtle-themed competitions over the past few months. This festival is quickly becoming a popular fixture on the Seychelles calendar. While it’s a fun-filled event, it also raises awareness about the threats facing sea turtles and about what is being done nationally to protect them.  More »

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