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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 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: 17 June 2015
Kenya: Lottery of life can help baby turtles
Thanks to the People’s Postcode Lottery, WWF-Scotland has funding for an initiative to help protect marine turtles as they face challenges off the coast of Lamu in Kenya.

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» Baby flatback turtles satellite-tracked in Australia
» Video for World Turtle Day from Australia
» CMS and World Turtle Day
» Educational TV-show: ‘Titou discovers marine turtles’
SWOT Report: Important turtle areas in the Arabian Gulf 16 Jun 2015

A tracked turtle returning to seeSWOT Report Vol. X presents research conducted by N Pilcher, M Antonopoulou, LS Perry and O Kerr looking at important turtle areas in the Arabian Gulf. The article by the four authors emphasizes the need for turtle conservation efforts throughout the life cycle of turtles, on land, as well as at sea. Particular emphasis is given to Hawksbill turtles in the region as data is lacking on this species. More »

Ghost nets and their threat to marine wildlife 8 Jun 2015

Turtle entangled in a ghost netIn an article in the ‘Deutsche Welle’ online newspaper, Harald Franzen expresses concern over the prevalence of old fishing nets in the oceans that have been lost or discarded. These synthetic nets can drift through the world’s seas for centuries, catching and killing marine wildlife, including marine turtles, as they go. The process of these nets trapping a variety of marine life is outlined by Franzen as a perpetual cycle: after animals are trapped in the nets, they sink to the bottom of the seabed, where they decompose, and the net then rises back to the surface and everything starts over again.  More »

South Africa: Washed up baby loggerhead turtles 1 Jun 2015

Baby loggerhead turtles are hand-fed the prepared gelatine dietThe plight of baby loggerhead turtles is stressed in an article by J Williams on the ‘CapeTownEtc’ website. Loggerhead turtles born in KwaZulu-Natal and southern Mozambique drift along the Benguela current. But every year, baby turtles are found washed up on Western Cape beaches due to storms and onshore winds. This year, there has been a high spike in the number of turtles found on the Western Cape coastline. A total of 185 baby turtles were taken in by the Two Oceans Aquarium (T.O.A) to be rehabilitated.  More »

Conference call among IOSEA Sub-regional Focal Points 29 May 2015

On 27 May, the Secretariat organized a conference call among three of the four IOSEA Sub-regional Focal Points, namely from Maldives, Oman and Thailand; as well as Dr. Jack Frazier from the Advisory Committee. Many important agenda items were discussed, as summarized in this May Feature.

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Moorea: Clinic saves sea turtles, also by changing minds 18 May 2015

Photo Michael Marek. http://www.dw.de/image/0,,18378882_403,00.jpgOn the picturesque South Pacific island of Moorea - the “pearl of the Pacific” — a special kind of hospital is helping marine turtles. The “sea turtle hospital”, founded in 2004 by the environmental organization Te Mana O Te Moana, aims to protect sick and injured sea turtles. The turtles are brought to Moorea from across French Polynesia, sometimes by tourists, police or fishermen. They are subject to hunting by well-organized poaching rings — and also eaten by locals. It is estimated that up to 1,000 animals are killed each season, for around 30,000 kilograms of meat. Today, environmental organizations such as Te Mana O Te Moana and the tourism industry work hand-in-hand. The group also raises awareness among young Polynesians on respecting sea life.  More »

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