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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: 27 November 2014
India: Rules violated in coastal belt
Chennai corporation’s beach beautification measures and illegal construction of roads on beaches in the last five months have resulted in the diversion of more than 14 acres of beach land.

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» France: COCALOCA programme continues! 4 turtles released
» Viet Nam: Medicinal use of illegally traded wildlife products addressed
» French Polynesia: 2 new turtles welcomed at the Sea turtle Clinic
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Technologists hatch “Turtle Sense” System 21 Nov 2014

Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife ServiceAn article posted on the IEEE Spectrum website reports that a group of US-based volunteer technologists that goes by the name ‘Nerds Without Borders’ has created a new turtle-hatch-warning system to protect marine turtle nests during the hatching period. The “Turtle Sense” project is just getting its first concrete results now — and they look very promising.

In some places, it is crucial for the conservation of marine turtle populations to help hatchlings make the dangerous journey across the beach into the sea. Baby sea turtles don’t pop from the sand instantaneously: it takes several days from when they first break out of their buried eggs for them to climb upward and emerge from the sand. So if we could determine when they first started moving around underground, we would have a way to reduce the timeframe — and the cost — of regular monitoring in in-situ beach protection programmes, or limit the closure period of beaches for all but a few days around the actual hatching time. Indeed, closing large parts of beach around turtle nests during the hatching period may prevent local communities to access resources they rely on for survival, and might prompt tourists to vacation elsewhere, which can hurt the local economy.  More »

Single Species Action Plan for South Pacific loggerheads endorsed at CMS COP11 14 Nov 2014

A resting loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta). Photo Brian Gratwicke.The Single Species Action Plan for loggerhead turtles in the South Pacific was endorsed last week by the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) at its 11th Meeting of the Conference of Parties held in Quito, Ecuador. It was developed following a technical meeting in Brisbane, Australia in March 2014, in cooperation with Range States and experts, and with financial support from the Australian Government.

The Action Plan aims at bridging across objectives of the IOSEA MoU, the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the Inter-American Convention for the Protection and Conservation of Sea Turtles (IAC), to provide for integrated loggerhead turtle conservation across the South Pacific.  More »

EWS-WWF concludes Marine Turtle Conservation Project 10 Nov 2014

Hawksbill turtle @ Oliver KerrEmirates Wildlife Society in association with World Wide Fund for Nature (EWS-WWF) wrapped up the Marine Turtle Conservation Project with findings that caught the attention of the global scientific community. This intensive four-year project used satellite tracking to chart the movements of 75 hawkbill turtles in and around the Gulf region.

The project documented for the first time the behavioural reaction turtles undergo in response to the annual rise in summer sea surface temperatures. It discovered that turtles migrate to cooler waters during the hot months, demonstrating the potential affect changing global climate conditions could have on turtles in other parts of the world. Through this project, EWS-WWF and its partners also documented important turtle areas, including feeding grounds that are critical to the survival of Hawksbill turtles, from Oman, Iran, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. EWS-WWF encourages governments and key stakeholders to use the project results in support of the designation of marine protected areas, and implementation of dedicated conservation efforts. More »

Opinion: Wildlife interests put at risk 5 Nov 2014

Wildlife interests put at riskIn an article published in the West Australian (section “Travel”), Chris Parry shares his reflections upon releasing a turtle on a beach as part of an eco-tourism trip made with his children. He says we need to learn more about how we can best have an experience with a baby turtle that doesn’t upset the balance of a process that’s been around a lot longer than we have.

In his article, Chris Parry also reports comments from IOSEA Advisory Committee member Dr. Colin Limpus, according to whom turtle release programs contravene the biological rule of operation for hatchling turtles; and from IOSEA co-ordinator Douglas Hykle, who has concerns about eggs being dug up and relocated over long distances, and hatchlings being kept in poor conditions in holding tanks prior to their release.  More »

Sea turtle skeletons hold clues for conservation 1 Nov 2014

Not all sea turtles look this scary. This is a skeletal replica of Archelon ischyros, a species of turtle that lived 75 million years ago and reached 4 meters in length. Photo credit: Mike Beauregard/Creative Commons.An article from NOAA Fisheries presents the potential of skeletochronology, a new technology that looks at rings visible in humerus bones, to know more about the life history of marine turtles.

The bones of these animals have annual rings like those found in trees, and the chemical composition of each annual ring gives scientists information on the individual’s diet during that year of its life. The technique of skeletochronology has already yielded some surprising results. It turns out that loggerheads turtles spend up to two decades—much longer than previously thought—off the North American coast before returning to their nesting beaches in Japan. Knowing more about the ecology of individual marine turtles in each year of their life can allow us to prioritize conservation efforts in the habitats that are most important to these species. More »

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