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The IOSEA Marine Turtle Memorandum of Understanding is an intergovernmental agreement concluded under the auspices of the UNEP / ‎Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS). It 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 August 2015
Australia: Tracking marine turtles after they ingest plastic
Six turtles have each been lovingly rehabilitated by the staff of Taronga Zoo Wildlife Hospital, Sydney, after receiving life-threatening injuries caused by marine debris.

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Viet Nam: Turtle nesting season in Con Dao Islands 26 Aug 2015

A marine turtle digs with its flippers to create a nest for eggs, which she lays at night. Photo credit: dantri.vnThe pristine seas of the Con Dao Islands are emphasised in an article by Hai Chau in Viet Nam News. Chau highlights the annual turtle nesting season on the Islands between April and November. Thousands of turtles crawl ashore to lay eggs in the sand, providing a fascinating experience for visitors. Chau describes his experience on Bay Canh Isand where he bore witness to hundreds of tiny hatchlings making their way to the sea. He also tells of his waiting until midnight to see a turtle laying her eggs, as well as his assistance in nest relocation to higher ground, away from sea water. Chau states that he, and others, learnt interesting lessons about nature, precious marine animals' preservation and environmental protection on the island. More »

Malaysia: Turtle experience at Lang Tengah Island 17 Aug 2015

A green turtle nest with a temperature data-logger, used by volunteers to determine the sex of the hatchlings. – Credit to Raphe van Zevenbergen, 24 July 2015Rachel Yeoh shares her turtle experience at Lang Tengah Island, Terengganu, with the ‘Malaysian Insider’. Her time on the Island opened her eyes to how everyone has a part to play in turtle conservation. She speaks to the co-founder of Lang Tengah Turtle Watch, Raphe Van Zevenbergen who is now working with WWF conservation specialists, Terengganu state government officials and volunteers to safeguard the turtles, making Lang Tengah a safe haven for turtles to nest. Yeoh states that volunteers, Lang Tengah Turtle Watchers, patrol Turtle Bay and Lang Sari Beach hourly every night. One of the reasons why they need to patrol is to collect and relocate the turtle eggs before poachers come and dig them up. The Lang Tengah Turtle Watch group calls all to join them in discovering more about turtles, and their efforts to preserve the species future.  More »

Turtles brave the odds but remain endangered 11 Aug 2015

80 hawskbill turtles were born on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi this yearNesting sites in the UAE have enabled safe hatching of hundreds of turtles, yet the species are not free from threats, N Butalia indicates, in an article in the ‘Khaleej Times’. Close to at least 1000 turtles have hatched this year across various nesting sites in the UAE. Additionally, 80 hawksbill turtles were born on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi in early July, 2015. Butalia outlines some good efforts made so far to protect marine turtles in this region. But she then asks the question whether, with so much being done for the turtles, we are any closer to actually saving them. The founder and president of the Emirates Marine Environment Group, says no, and that we have a long way to go before marine turtles are in the safe zone. More »

Viet Nam: ‘Midwives’ of marine turtles on Con Dao Islands 4 Aug 2015

Con Dao rangers are seen collecting turtle eggs to hatch in an incubator. Credit: Tuoi TreAn article in ‘Tuoi Tre News’ highlights the conservation work of the local forest management staff of Con Doa Islands, Viet Nam. Taking care of marine turtles consumes most of the time of these ‘Midwives’, otherwise known as rangers. At night, the rangers take turns to monitor beaches, looking for laying turtles. They tag the turtles they find, and take the eggs to hatch in incubators. These eggs are protected from poachers, and are released once they hatch. Turtle eggs are targeted by poachers because of their value. Con Dao is recognized as the location that hatches and releases the most marine turtles in the nation. This success is a result of the ranger’s efforts, and dedication, to marine turtle conservation. More »

Indonesia’s plan to restock its oceans 22 Jul 2015

Baby green turtles tussle over a scrap of frozen sardine at Bolong’s Turtle Sanctuary in Lombok, Indonesia.An article by Melati Kaye, published on the mongabay.com environmental news website, outlines the efforts undertaken by an Indonesian national to conserve marine turtles in his country. Without a degree in conservation management, or biology, Abdul “Bolong” Hanan has built Bolong’s Turtle Sanctuary and successfully reared and released over 1000 turtles since 2008. Bolong and his family gather eggs from vulnerable turtle nests, then rear each turtle from egg to seaworthy juvenile. Now, the Indonesian government is trying to replicate Bolong's success on a national scale. However, critics argue that with large restocking, the technique must be paired with ecosystem restoration. Additionally, a necessary ingredient for restocking initiatives is local buy-in.  More »

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