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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.


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Recent additions:

■ NIO-Task Force pages

■ Illegal Trade section

■ Site Network Directory

■ Fisheries - Turtle Interactions section


» New web pages for NIO - Marine Turtle Task Force
» Interesting gap analysis and research priorities for the Mediterranean Sea
» Turtle Foundation Newsletter available
» IOSEA/IAC Paper on illegal marine turtle take and trade
» Study: More than half of all sea turtles have eaten plastic
» New publication: Madagascar marine turtles in peril
» Video: Former poachers helping to save endangered turtles
Rising temperatures could be bad news for male loggerhead turtles 5 Feb 2016

Projecto Tamar photo c/o Fox NewsMichael Casey, reporting for Fox News, notes that rising global temperatures may be blamed for fewer male loggerhead turtles being born. This could lead to a gender imbalance that puts increased pressure on this already endangered species.

Florida State University’s Mariana Fuentes and a team of Brazilian researchers studied how temperatures were impacting Brazilian loggerhead turtles. They found a very strong female bias — 94 percent — in all nesting areas used by loggerhead turtles in northern Brazil. But scientists were also able to identify nesting beaches in the south that were producing a higher proportion of male hatchlings, which is essential to sustain the population.

While the study was limited to Brazil, Fuentes and her team believe the findings are applicable in other regions because all turtles have temperature-dependent sex determination. More »

Terengganu, Malaysia, records 59 green turtle deaths in 2015 4 Feb 2016

Photo c/o Malaysian DigestAccording to The Malaysian Digest, the Terengganu Fisheries Department recorded the deaths of 59 Green turtles -- mostly females or juveniles -- in the state last year. Most of the deaths occurred between January and April in Kerteh, Kemaman, Paka, Kuala Terengganu and Dungun.

Pulau Redang continued to be the main landing place of the Green turtle in 2015, followed by Geliga beach in Kemaman and Pulau Perhentian. There were no reported landings of the Leatherback turtle in Terengganu last year. More »

Sukamade beach home for thousands of sea turtles 31 Jan 2016

Sukamade Beach - photo c/o Antara NewsAntara News reports that over 1,500 marine turtles (mostly green turtles, but also some olive ridley and hawksbill turtles) came ashore at Sukamade Beach, East Java, Indonesia in 2015. About half of the visitors were reported to have nested successfully. No leatherback turtles were encountered.

Officers of the Meru Betiri National Park authority were deployed everyday to patrol the beach, in order to guard against egg poaching which is said to be rampant in the area. More »

Puri district coast a graveyard for Olive Ridley turtles 25 Jan 2016

Photo c/o Orissa Post - 26/1/2016It seems to be almost an annual ritual, at this time of year, for the Indian media to be reporting on hundreds of dead olive ridley turtles washed ashore on the country's east coast.

And this year is no exception, with the Orissa Post reporting estimates of anywhere from 2,000 to 4,000 turtles having been drowned over the past two months, as a result of entanglement in fishing nets. And, as usual, the report includes details of illegal trawling operations and the less than successful efforts of the authorities to enforce a ban on mechanised boats in inshore waters. More »

From Soup to Superstar: The Story of Sea Turtle Conservation along the Indian Coast 18 Jan 2016

As reported by Shivani and Paavani Pegatraju in The Hindu, on 16 January 2016, Dr. Kartik Shankar, a former member of the IOSEA Advisory Committee, has recently published a new book entitled: From Soup to Superstar: The Story of Sea Turtle Conservation along the Indian Coast.

According to the author, “The book traces the history of sea turtle conservation in India from before Independence to the current day." His journey to discover and document the past ranged from "digging out obscure documents to interviewing a range of biologists and conservationists and finding parallels with, and distinctions from, other campaigns in the early days of conservation in India.” More »

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