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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.


  Marine turtle hatchlings crawling from their nest to the sea at the Pulau Redang Turtle Sanctuary in Chagar Hutang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. border
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LATEST: 28 September 2015
Australia, NSW: Brayon the turtle recovers
After helping to rescue a hawksbill turtle, Chloe Donald and her family got a chance to watch the creature being fed as part of a tour of Australian Seabird Rescue centre in Ballina.

» Volunteer Opportunity in Western Australia
» Study: More than half of all sea turtles have eaten plastic
» Images lay bare litter’s effects on sealife
» New publication: Madagascar marine turtles in peril
» Call for proposals from the SWOT Grants Program
» Workshop for the Northern Indian Ocean Sub-region
» Video: Former poachers helping to save endangered turtles
» Turtle Conservation Seminar and Workshop in Malaysia
» Video: Plastic straw pulled from nose of endangered turtle
The plastic threat against sea turtles 28 Sep 2015

Green turtle is swimming near North Stradbroke Island, Australia. Image: Kathy TownsendAccording to the Univ. of Miami, the oldest fossils of turtles date back 215 million years. These ancient turtles lived on land and in marshes. Evidence of ancient sea turtles appears in the late Jurassic period, around 208 to 144 million years ago. Archelon ischyros, now extinct, grew between 9.8 and 13 ft. However, sea turtles’ longevity may be threatened due to the current state of waste pollution. An international study, published in Global Change Biology, calculated more than half the world’s sea turtles, 52%, have eaten plastic or other human waste.  More »

Recent cases of marine turtle mishandling in Philippines 17 Sep 2015

A man sits on a leatherback sea turtle tied to a bamboo pole in Marabut, Samar in an undated photo, one of several that elicited outrage among netizens. The turtle has been released back to the sea.In a post published in the online journal Daily Star, Errol A. Gatumbato calls for a better enforcement of the law in his country, Philippines, with regards to marine turtle protection. He reports on recent cases of mishandling of marine turtles: last month photos of a man at the top of a tied marine turtle became viral in the Internet; last summer, several photos also went viral in social media showing some persons holding marine turtles out of the water; resort in Guimaras was found to tie a turtle while in the coastal water to attract visitors. All these acts are in violation of the Wildlife Act of the Philippines. According to him, we should “save these ancient mariners from becoming things of the past”. More »

Seychelles islands invaded by sea trash from other nations 9 Sep 2015

Sheril Decommarmond, Seychelles Islands FoundationAn article on the Seychelles News Agency website reports that increasingly, conservation rangers from the Seychelles Islands Foundation (SIF) based at the Aldabra research outpost have to deal with a worrying problem: swathes of plastic sea trash washing up on the UNESCO World Heritage Site’s shores. Flip flops are the most common item to be seen, followed by plastic barrels and containers, fishing buoys, plastic bottles and small, partially-degraded bits of plastic. According to the SIF’s scientific coordinator on Aldabra, April Burt, marine debris poses a threat not only to the unique fauna and flora of Aldabra but to all marine life.  More »

Tanzania: Ex-poacher now saves turtle hatchlings 3 Sep 2015

Watchful eye: Tabu now spends hours patrolling the beach looking for turtle nests and monitoring the eggs daily for two months - and protecting them from poachers. Image from the Daily Mail.A feature published on the Daily Mail website documents the story of a former poacher who took a job helping baby ones take their first steps into the sea. Tabu Khanjare was one of hundreds of turtle poachers in Tanzania who regularly dug out turtle eggs as a source of food - until he was convinced to apply for an unlikely job as a conservationist. Now he spends hours patrolling beaches to find turtle nests, monitors their eggs each day and even makes barriers to protect them from predators like crabs and mongooses. He watches them make their perilous journey from their nests on the beach and into the sea. More »

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 »

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