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Welcome to the IOSEA Marine Turtle MoU Website!

The IOSEA Marine Turtle Memorandum of Understanding is an intergovernmental agreement concluded under the auspices of the UNEP / ‎Convention on Migratory Species (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.


  Aldabtra Atoll photo c/o Seychelles Islands Foundation
  Towards operationalising the IOSEA Marine Turtle Site Network  ... READ ON 
Recent additions:

■ NIO-Task Force pages

■ Illegal Trade section

■ Site Network Directory

■ Fisheries - Turtle Interactions section


» First Announcement: 3rd Australian Sea Turtle Symposium
» Health Assessment for Marine Endangered Species - Training Course (Thailand) - Application deadline: 31 May !!
» African Sea Turtle Newsletter #5 now available
» Technical Paper: Proposed Transboundary Marine Conservation between Kenya and Tanzania
» Changes to U.S. Listing Determination for Green Sea Turtles
» Survey of Marine Turtle Entanglement - Marine Turtle Research Group / University of Exeter
» Duke University Summer Course: Biology and Conservation of Sea Turtles (11 July - 12 August 2016)
Hatching sea turtles get a hand from their siblings 24 May 2016

Photo c/o Discover Magazine (Jeroen Looyé)Reporting for Discover Magazine, Elizabeth Preston describes an interesting experiment conducted by Mohd Uzair Rusli of the Universiti Malaysia Terengganu and colleagues at the University of Queensland in Australia. The researchers found that turtle hatchlings expend less energy digging out of nests containing large numbers of hatchlings, as compared to those with fewer animals. Lower consumption of energy reserves should in turn enhance their ability to quickly disperse from the nesting beach.

These findings are relevant to hatchery operators who may be inclined to split relocated nests into smaller batches: in doing so they may inadvertently be forcing hatchlings to spend more energy while digging out.  More »

World Turtle Day 2016 23 May 2016

Photo credit: Mark Kolbe/ Getty ImagesOn World Turtle Day, marked each year on 23 May, campaigners are calling for better protection and conservation of the marine animals. An article in the International Business Times succinctly draws attention to the myriad of threats that may threaten their survival, including hunting for meat and shell, poaching of eggs, accidental capture in commercial fishing nets, climate change (which may affect reproductive capacity and alter coastal habitats), and destruction and disturbance of nesting beaches, as a consequence of coastal development for tourism.  More »

Sharjah: Injured turtles released after rehabilitation 23 May 2016

Photo c/o Sharjah Museums DepartmentSharjah Aquarium has been running a rehabilitation programme for the past six years to rescue and care for sick and injured hawksbill and green turtles, and release them back into the wild. Five adult and juvenile hawksbill turtles were reintroduced at the Natural Reserve at Al Hamriya Beach in Sharjah, at a public event held to mark World Turtle Day. The animals had been brought into the Aquarium's care after having been spotted by members of the public, who noticed they were suffering from critical injuries. More »

UAE to track green sea turtles for four years 22 May 2016

Photo credit: EWS-WWFEmirates Wildlife Society in association with the World Wide Fund for Nature (EWS-WWF), marked World Biodiversity Day (May 22) by launching a ground-breaking scientific research project – The Gulf Green Turtle Conservation Project. The initiative follows a previous four-year Marine Turtle Conservation Project that tracked 75 female hawksbill turtles nesting in the UAE, Qatar, Oman, and Iran. The 2010-2014 study helped identify Important Turtle Areas (ITAs) in need of conservation action. Up to 60 green turtles will be fitted with satellite transmitters at various nesting and foraging sites across the region, and tissue samples from the turtles will be analysed to detect linkages between feeding and nesting populations. More »

Singapore: Sisters Islands to be heart of marine life conservation 22 May 2016

Photo credit: National Parks BoardPlans to transform Sisters' Islands into a marine park have been announced by the Senior Minister of State for National Development. The 40 hectare Sisters' Islands Marine Park, first announced in 2014, comprises the two Sisters' Islands and surrounding reefs, and the western reefs of nearby St John's Island and Pulau Tekukor. Its ecosystem supports corals, anemones, seahorses, fish and other marine life. With the help of a $500,000 donation from HSBC, a turtle hatchery will be set up on Small Sister's Island by the end of next year. The park will be accessible by a 40-minute boat ride from Marina South Pier.  More »

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