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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
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» 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)
Sharjah island reserve open to public for two days 18 May 2016

Photo credit: Gulf News archivesThe nature reserve on Sharjah’s remote Sir Bu Nair Island will be opened to the public from 19-20 May 2016. A host of leisure activities await visitors during the annual festival. The activities include scuba-diving, sightseeing, boating, dhow racing and heritage shows. The Sharjah Environment and Protected Areas Authority is organising the 17th edition of the festival, which is expected to draw 4,000 visitors and will include the release of green turtles. Sir Bu Nair is included in the IOSEA Network of Important Sites for Marine Turtles.  More »

Light pollution is confusing baby sea turtles 17 May 2016

Photo credit: Australian Geographic (Michele Thums)Reporting for Australian Geographic, Gemma Chilton says that researchers in Western Australia have found artificial lighting at sea is interfering with the ability of hatchlings to reach the relative safety of deeper waters as quickly as possible. While previous studies have found similar results when looking at the journey from nest to the water’s edge, the new research shows that hatchlings also continue to be attracted to artificial light after entering the sea. 40 green turtles were tracked using miniature acoustic transmitters. A majority of those exposed to artificial light on the water swam towards the light source and lingered in the risky in-shore waters for longer – increasing their risk of being eaten by predators such as sharks and fish. More »

Marine spatial planning addresses Terengganu turtle-fishing conflict 16 May 2016

Photo credit: WWF-MalaysiaUniversiti Malaysia Terengganu and WWF-Malaysia have collaborated to organise a seminar and training on Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) to address the turtle-fishing conflict in Terengganu. The initiative arose from concern over increased mortality of adult turtles in Terengganu in the past few years as well as the coastal development in Melaka, threatening the only hawksbill population in the area. The 3-day gathering targeted relevant state government agencies and was the first of a series of MSP events to be held in Peninsular Malaysia. More »

Green turtle population shrinks on Pasoso Island, Indonesia 14 May 2016

Photo credit: BIOSRuslan Sangadji reports on the demise of green turtles nesting on Pasoso Island, situated off of Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. He interviews a local man who claimed that “in the past, there were turtles as far as the eye could see. The beach was full of them” – whereas recent nesting seasons have seen as few as 19. Ahmad, a guard on the island confirmed that there used be hundreds of nesters, but their numbers have declined due to rampant poaching (often by individuals disguised as fishermen), and incidental mortality from fishing with explosives and trawl nets.  More »

Plastic ingestion kills loggerhead post-hatchlings in South Africa 3 May 2016

Photo credit: Ronel NelReporting for Ecowatch, Lorraine Chow draws attention to a new study published in Marine Pollution Bulletin which found that 24 of 40 (60%) loggerhead turtle post-hatchlings that died within 2 months of stranding on southern Cape beaches in April 2015 contained ingested anthropogenic debris. Plastic, which comprised of 99% of the debris, killed 11 turtles by blocking their digestive tracts or bladders, and contributed to the deaths of five other turtles. The results indicated that the amount and diversity of plastic ingested by post-hatchling loggerhead turtles off South Africa have increased over the last four decades, and now kill some turtles. More »

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