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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: 18 August 2014
Andersen teams with local university to conserve species
Team Andersen has partnered up with the University of Guam to participate in the sea turtle monitoring, protection and educational outreach program on Guam.

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Indonesian wildlife crime is still rampant, according to NGO 18 Aug 2014

Image from http://newshopper.sulekha.com/indonesia-sea-turtle-trading_photo_1321517.htmThe conservation body Protection of Forest and Fauna (PROFAUNA) has released its wildlife crime record for Indonesia for the period from January to June 2014. The record suggests that illegal wildlife trade is still rampant in Indonesia. At least 22 cases of wildlife trade and poaching, including marine turtles, were uncovered by the law enforcement bodies.

The protected species were rescued from poachers and dealers from different cities such as Jakarta, Tangerang, Denpasar, Aceh, Jember, Lampung, and Palangkaraya. The illegal commodities were about to be sold in Indonesia, or smuggled to other countries such as Kuwait, France, and China. More »

Turtle conservation project in Fiji shows signs of success 11 Aug 2014

Turtle monitor Pita Qarau with Fijiís Dau ni Vonu Network (Credit: ABC licensed) A sea turtle monitoring network in Fiji reports that numbers are on the rise as communities change the way they think about turtle hunting. Turtle hunters have been turned into conservationists as a result of a long-running program set up by the World Wildlife Fund called Dau ni Vonu, or Turtle Monitors. The program has been underway four years, during which time many locals have been enlisted to rehabilitate turtle populations.

Project manager and co-founder Merewalesi Laveti believes the program has worked, with success in reducing turtle harvesting, improved enforcement of regulations, increased awareness of the threat posed by hunting, and effective habitat management. More »

Malaysia: Marine turtles in Kudat under threat 5 Aug 2014

Kudat, Sabah, Malaysia. An article in The Malaysian Insider recalls that in 1971, De Silva reported to IUCN that green and hawksbill turtles were coming to nest during the northeast monsoon at the beaches of Kudat and Sekuati, in the northern tip of Sabah, Malaysia.

The nesting records collected by the Kudat Turtle Conservation Society (KTCS) and sightings by fishermen and recreational divers show that green and hawksbill turtles in these areas are in a rapid decline. Although, today, the Rungus no longer slaughter turtles for food, at least in the open, they are still under serious threat, especially from motor boat propellers and incidental catch. More »

UAE: What can we do to save the hawksbill turtles? 23 Jul 2014

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/images/turtele-1-15072014.jpgIn an article appearing in the Khaleej Times, Emirates Wildlife Society-WWF project manager Moaz Sawaf, discusses the preliminary findings of the EWS-WWF Gulf Turtles Conservation Project, now in its fourth year. Several scientific papers have recently been published as result of the programme, including a paper uncovering a new path of turtle migration not previously known -- possibly due to climate change. However, Sawaf remains confident that the population can be brought back up with better conservation regulations.
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Philippines -- Wanted: Turtle eggs 15 Jul 2014

Heading home: Baby green turtles, hatched at a facility owned by Angela Hijjas, making their way to sea at Chendor beach, Pahang.Since protecting eggs will help produce viable turtles, one turtle guardian in Philippines is stopping as many eggs as possible from reaching the local market. In May 2014, Angela Hijjas started buying eggs from local collectors to incubate them at her own hatchery. In just over two months, the facility has purchased 3,069 green turtle eggs from 67 nests. She has instructed her workers to release the baby turtles upon emergence from the nest and not keep them in tanks.

(Ed. The hatching success achieved by this private initiative is not reported. There is bound to be a certain level of loss in the way the eggs are dug up and relocated, as compared to the ideal of paying collectors to leave a certain percentage of the eggs in situ, with full protection.) More »

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