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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: 6 May 2015
Philippines: Sea turtle found tied up
A sea turtle was found tied up with a broken shell in Guimaras, Philippines.

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Madagascar’s first Community-Led Marine Protected Areas! 4 May 2015

Nosy Lava, one of the 16 islands of Ankarea Marine Park, one of three new marine protected areas created by the Government of Madagascar.The Government of Madagascar commemorated Earth Day with the formal creation of three community-led marine protected areas that will double the surface of the country’s marine protected area network, according to WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society). On April 21, the Malagasy Government granted permanent protection to 27 protected areas, including the country’s first three community-led marine protected areas. The three marine parks are located along the west coast of Madagascar in what is known as the Mozambique Channel, home to the world’s second-most diverse coral population. Together with the government and local communities, WCS has worked in these three sites over the last five years to develop and establish a new model for marine protected areas in Madagascar using a community-driven, science-based approach to safeguard corals, sea turtles, sharks, and whales. More »

Solomon Islands: Hawksbill turtles back in the fight 24 Apr 2015

ocal conservationists on the coast of the Arnavon Islands observe a tagged hawksbill sea turtle laying eggs on the beach. CREDIT: Bridget BesawA story by Dr. Rick Hamilton, Senior Scientist for the Melanesia Program of The Nature Conservancy, reports on how the indigenous owners of the Arnavons rookery in Solomon Islands, for whom marine turtles are of high traditional significance, strive to protect them. The Arnavons are home to the South Pacific’s largest rookery for endangered hawksbill sea turtles — a population that very nearly went extinct. A recent PLOS ONE paper indicates these turtles are, finally, recovering after 150 years of excessive exploitation — the only example of such a recovery in the region. The Arnavon turtles are not out of the woods yet, but thanks to the efforts of the Arnavon communities they are back in the fight. More »

Australia, QLD: Patients in a half-shell 16 Apr 2015

Green sea turtles are one of six species found in the Whitsundays. Photo / ThinkstockAn article from the ‘New Zealand Herald’ online newspaper reports how a small crew of volunteers work around the clock in the Whitsunday Islands, Queensland, Australia, when an ill turtle comes their way. Henry and co-founder Christine McNamara set up Bowen Sea Turtle Assessment and Rehabilitation (Bstar) in 2013 after they noticed lots of dead turtles on the local beaches and decided to do something about it. Queensland is home to six of the seven species of sea turtle and the Whitsundays sees mostly the green and hawksbill varieties. All marine turtles are considered threatened, meaning the work of Bstar and the turtle hospital at Townsville aquarium, Reef HQ, a two-and-a-half hour drive from Bowen, is crucial to their survival. More »

Ocean myth busted: ‘Toddler’ turtles are very active swimmers 10 Apr 2015

One of the 44 sea turtles tagged in this study was this green turtle yearling.It turns out sea turtles, even at a tender 6-18 months of age, are very active swimmers. An article from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries website reports that they don’t just passively drift in ocean currents as researchers once thought. NOAA and University of Central Florida researchers say it’s an important new clue in the sea turtle “lost years” mystery. Where exactly turtles travel in their first years of life, before returning to coastal areas as adults to forage and reproduce, has puzzled scientists for decades.  More »

Leatherback turtles use mysterious ‘compass sense’ to migrate 2 Apr 2015

Large Pelagics Research Center scientists collaborate with commercial fishermen to find and tag leatherback turtles at sea. Captain Mark Leach checks out a 800-pound male leatherback turtle with a GPS-linked satellite tag on its back. Credit: Kara Dodge (NMFS Permit #1557-03), CC BY-NC-ND  Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2015-03-leatherback-sea-turtles-mysterious-compass.html#jCpAn article published in The Conversation gives an account on new findings which highlight the importance of different compass senses during leatherback migration. Researchers used location data from satellite tags on 15 leatherback turtles in the northwest Atlantic to reconstruct their tracks and analyze their migratory orientation as they traveled south to the tropics. Interestingly, these turtles were observed to struck out for open ocean, swimming offshore into the subtropical gyre, instead of swimming along the coast where they could use landmarks and topographic features on the seafloor to orient themselves. It looked as if the turtles shared the same directional orientation despite being in different parts of the gyre at different times. These consistent headings suggest that leatherback turtles migrating within the gyre use a common compass sense. It remains a mystery just what that compass sense could be.  More »

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