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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: 31 October 2014
Japan: Marine turtles seen laying more eggs
More sea turtles have been coming ashore in Japan to lay eggs in recent years, according to a survey finding by the Environment Ministry.
 
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Sea turtle skeletons hold clues for conservation 31 Oct 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.Just after Halloween, we feature an article from the NOAA Fisheries website which reports on the potential offered by skeletochronology, a new technology that looks at rings visible in humerus bones, to get all kinds of information 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 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 »

 
   
 
Imbalance of sharks and turtles challenges ecosystems 27 Oct 2014

Sea turtles feed in seagrass meadows, an important coastal carbon sink. Photo credit: Steven Lutz 2014Researchers from the Florida International University examined the impacts of green marine turtles on seagrass communities in Bermuda, Australia, Indonesia and India, all locations with large green turtle populations. In each of the sites, data suggests the seagrass meadows are being disrupted by heavy grazing where turtle populations are increasing and shark populations are down. But that doesn’t mean turtles are villains: in most of the world, they are threatened with extinction and still need conservation. More »

 
   
 
Opinion: Marine turtles in plastic danger 22 Oct 2014

Baby turtles in a pool at the Tamar Project base at Praia do Forte. From http://static2.stuff.co.nz/This opinion article published on the Timaru Herald highlights the threat posed by plastic bags ending up in the world’s oceans, to marine turtle populations.

Plastic bags floating in the water can be easily confused with jellyfish, which the turtles feed on. Marine turtles are then prone to death as a result of ingesting plastic. It is particularly an issue in the more tropical northern parts of New Zealand. According to the co-ordinator of a turtle rehabilitation programme in Auckland, marine turtles could be wiped out from his country in his lifetime if nothing is done to stop the irresponsible disposal of plastic bags.  More »

 
   
 
Sustainability concerns over commercial tuna fishing 14 Oct 2014

An old FAD is found drifting near the coral reefs off Alphonse Island, Seychelles (Sam Balderson/ICS)An article from the Seychelles News Agency explains the problem of fish aggregating devices (FADs) deployed around Seychelles. FADs are increasingly used by commercial fishing fleets to attract large schools of fish into a concentrated area of open ocean. These devices target tuna, but many marine turtles also get trapped and do not survive the ordeal. Old FADs discarded at sea can also cause entanglement and drowning of marine turtles.

The deployment of FADs is commonly banned across the western Pacific Ocean during August and September, but the ban has been reported to be largely ineffective. In the Indian Ocean, it is estimated that around 10,000 FADs are deployed only in Seychelles’ vast territorial waters each year. More »

 
   
 
Malaysia: “Is mankind turning turtle?” 1 Oct 2014

Hawksbill TurtleAlan Rogers, from the Malaysian Nature Society, writes about the status of marine turtles in his region in a Borneo Post article. He recalls his experience watching green turtles nesting in Mayotte, and reports many interesting facts about these migratory animals, including on their biology, worldwide distribution, and main threats.



The author notes that in Malaysia one can view, in various places, five of the seven species of marine turtle. Against all natural hazards, marine turtles as a species have survived for more than a million years despite their chances from hatchling to maturity being less than one in a 1,000. Therefore, all of us must pull together to ensure that these extraordinary sea creatures survive.  More »

 
   
     
 
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