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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: 27 March 2015
India, Kerala: Ensuring safe nesting sites for Olive Ridleys
The Forest and Wildlife officials are planning to create safe nesting sites for Olive Ridley turtles at Fort Kochi and Chellanam beaches.
 
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Malaysia: Poaching of sea turtle in Sabah 23 Mar 2015

State wildlife authorities are investigating the discovery of 60 decomposing turtle carcasses on a remote northern island here. Image via Postimage.org.The poaching of marine turtles near Banggi-Balambangan channel in Malaysia is an open secret, according to Universiti Malaysia Sabah Academician James Alin, publishing this month in the Malaysian Insider. Many fishermen saw the phenomenon happen months before 19 carcasses of green turtle were retrieved from Pulau Tiga at the beginning of March 2015. These fishermen, who eyewitnessed poaching activities, agreed to talk on record with a condition of anonymity. The article reproduced here provides a summary of their accounts. More »

 
   
 
Oman: Turtle tour in Ras al-Jinz Turtle Reserve 16 Mar 2015

Slow march: The hatchlings head to the sea In a protected corner of Oman, green turtles and wildlifers come to meet every season. In an article published this month in the Omani online newspaper ‘Businessline’, a Mumbai-based journalist tells about his experience taking part in a turtle tour on a beach of the Ras al-Jinz Turtle Reserve. On this turtle rookery of the Sultanate of Oman, four of the seven species of sea turtles come to nest annually. After witnessing green turtles laying their eggs, visitors can learn about a wealth of turtle myths brought from various countries by visiting the Ras al-Jinz Museum, within the visitor centre. According to the narrator, it is “little wonder that Ras al- Jinz translates to ‘circle of life’”.  More »

 
   
 
Drop in Kenyan tourism could harm sea turtles 9 Mar 2015

Baby sea turtle on beach (Photo Turtle SOS Cabo Verde)What do Ebola and terrorism have to do with turtles? Along the Kenyan coast, quite a bit. Both are causing numbers of tourists to drop - and the impacts on wildlife conservation could be severe. An article published on the German 'Deutsche Welle's website reports that the Kenyan coast along the Indian Ocean used to be one of the main tourist destinations in the region. Beaches there are a paradise not only for tourists, but for turtles as well: Five of the world’s seven species of sea turtle are found in Kenya. In this country, where governance is weak, conservation of endangered species falls to local organizations. Critical for these organizations to function are “eco-visitors” from abroad who volunteer not just time, but also donations. More »

 
   
 
Worrying impacts of plastic debris on marine turtles 2 Mar 2015

GRN_plasticbag_Australia_TroyMayne_webA study published in the Marine Pollution Bulletin found that the enormous amount of plastic debris that’s making its way into our oceans every year is contributing to the potential extinction of some already endangered marine species. At least 44,000 animals and organisms have become entangled in, or swallowed marine debris in the past five decades, and plastic waste accounted for nearly 92 percent of these cases. The green, hawksbill and loggerhead sea turtles were identified among the worst affected marine species. The physiology and health impacts of plastic ingestion remain under-investigated.  More »

 
   
 
Marine turtle conservation at Dubai’s Burj-Al-Arab Aquarium 23 Feb 2015

A post on the Blooloop website reports on the ground-breaking conservation activities carried out at the Burj Al Arab aquarium in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The most notable is their sea turtle rehabilitation project which is run in collaboration with the Jumeirah Group and Dubai’s Wildlife Protection Office. The turtle project celebrated its tenth anniversary last year, and throughout 2014 released over 150 sea turtles back into the wild.  More »

 
   
     
 
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