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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: 30 July 2015
Australia, QLD: Turtles found slicked with oil
Two flatback turtles, an adult and a juvenile, have been found covered in oil in the wake of an oil spill near Townsville. More turtles in the coastal sea areas could be impacted over time.

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Indonesia’s plan to restock its oceans 22 Jul 2015

Baby green turtles tussle over a scrap of frozen sardine at Bolong’s Turtle Sanctuary in Lombok, Indonesia.An article by Melati Kaye, published on the mongabay.com environmental news website, outlines the efforts undertaken by an Indonesian national to conserve marine turtles in his country. Without a degree in conservation management, or biology, Abdul “Bolong” Hanan has built Bolong’s Turtle Sanctuary and successfully reared and released over 1000 turtles since 2008. Bolong and his family gather eggs from vulnerable turtle nests, then rear each turtle from egg to seaworthy juvenile. Now, the Indonesian government is trying to replicate Bolong's success on a national scale. However, critics argue that with large restocking, the technique must be paired with ecosystem restoration. Additionally, a necessary ingredient for restocking initiatives is local buy-in.  More »

Turtle heroes nominated for ‘Pride of Australia Medal’ 15 Jul 2015

Christian Miller captures a snacking marine turtle, the photograph is part of an exhibition at the Canopy Art Centre, QueenslandPeople who have inspired through their dedication, initiative, courage or charity are being nominated for the ‘Pride of Australia Environment Medal’. R Pulley highlights this News Corp initiative, that celebrates unsung heroes, ordinary people who do extraordinary things, in an article in ‘The Cairns Post’. Two heroes for marine turtle conservation have received nominations. Jennie Gilbert, the driving force behind Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre in Queensland, and award-winning underwater photographer Christian Miller. Miller is taking part in the ‘Turtles in Trouble’ exhibition, which is raising funds for the Centre. Both Gilbert and Miller spend all their free time volunteering, fundraising and promoting the Centre. They are always enthusiastic, never complain and are on call 24/7. More »

More monitoring of Great Barrier Reef’s species needed 7 Jul 2015

Loggerhead turtle populations are facing a bright future in the GBRM Hamann and A Chin have written an article in the ‘Brisbane Times’ on the monitoring of species in the Great Barrier Reef (GBR). The GBR is home to six marine turtle species. The article states that due to a combination of land-based management, protected area designations and fisheries regulations the loggerhead turtle population of the GBR is in recovery after previous decline. However, the article also expresses concern over the decreasing hawksbill populations of the GBR due to international hunting, and predation of eggs. Hamann and Chin identify key areas that can be improved to save threatened species of the GBR. They ultimately state that to save the valued animals of the GBR, research, results, and a solid plan with realistic priorities is needed to obtain the best conservation outcomes. More »

Turtle watching in Northern Territory, Australia 2 Jul 2015

A flatback turtle digs a hole to lay her eggs in on the coast of the Timor SeaAn online article in ‘Traveller’ by Daniel Scott explains the euphoria and intrigue in witnessing a turtle laying her eggs. Scott speaks of his experience in the uninhabited Bare Sand Island dunes in the Timor Sea region. He describes the particular nature of the pregnant flatback turtle as she looks for the exact spot to lay her eggs. After a few trials she finds just the place, and starts to dig with both her flippers. Once she is content, the turtle begins to lay her eggs, described by Scott as slightly larger than ping-pong balls and equally spherical. Scott emphasizes that the chance of survival of the contents of the eggs is questionable. He lists dehydration, seabirds, sharks and above all, man, with his plastic bags, boat propellers and indiscriminate fishing nets, as major threats to the hatchlings that may emerge from the nest. More »

Opinion: The true value of sea turtles 22 Jun 2015

Photo: Associated PressAn article in the ‘Huffington Post online’ urges readers to remember the true value of sea turtles. The author, Wallace Nichols, welcomes the rise in the concept of ecosystem services as a valuing criteria for nature. The conversation around valuing nature is expanding quickly to include the cognitive, emotional, psychological and social benefits that are real drivers of the human-nature relationship. Nichols provides detail on some of the real but rarely described benefits of working with sea turtles. These include awe and wonder, solitude and privacy, creativity and aspiration.  More »

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