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Welcome to the IOSEA Marine Turtle MoU Website!

The IOSEA Marine Turtle Memorandum of Understanding is an intergovernmental agreement that 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: 22 October 2014
Australia: Local turtles doing it tough
Turtles on the Capricorn Coast, Central Queensland, have been in the spotlight recently due to concerns regarding water quality in Rosslyn Bay.

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Opinion: Marine turtles in plastic danger 22 Oct 2014

Baby turtles in a pool at the Tamar Project base at Praia do Forte. From http://static2.stuff.co.nz/This opinion article published on the Timaru Herald highlights the irreparable harm being done to marine turtle populations by plastic bags ending up in the world’s oceans. Plastic bags floating in the water can be easily confused with jellyfish, which the turtles feed on. It is particularly an issue in the more tropical northern parts of New Zealand. Here, the co-ordinator of a turtle rehabilitation programme at Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium in Auckland suggested that, if nothing is done, marine turtles could be wiped out in his lifetime.  More »

It’s a growing FAD – Commercial tuna fishing techniques lead to sustainability concerns 14 Oct 2014

An old FAD is found drifting near the coral reefs off Alphonse Island, Seychelles (Sam Balderson/ICS)An informative article by Hajira Amla explains the problem of fish aggregating devices (FADs) deployed around Seychelles. FADs are increasingly used by commercial fishing fleets to attract large schools of fish into a concentrated area of open ocean. These devices target tuna, but many turtles, sharks, juvenile fish and a wide range of other marine life also get trapped and do not survive the ordeal. Old FADs discarded at sea can also cause entanglement and drowning of marine turtles.

The deployment of FADs is commonly banned across the western Pacific Ocean during August and September, but the ban has been reported to be largely ineffective. In the Indian Ocean, it is estimated that around 10,000 FADs are deployed only in Seychelles’ vast territorial waters each year. More »

Malaysia: “Is mankind turning turtle?” 1 Oct 2014

Hawksbill TurtleAlan Rogers from the Malaysian Nature Society writes about the status of marine turtles in Malaysia. He also tells about his experience watching green turtles nesting in Mayotte and reports interesting facts about these migratory animals.

Against all natural hazards, marine turtles as a species have survived for more than a million years despite their chances from hatchling to maturity being less than one in a 1,000. He notes that in Malaysia one can view, in various places, five of the seven species of marine turtle.  More »

CNMI: DLNR Sea Turtle Program update 22 Sep 2014

DLNR Sea Turtle Program team member Jessy Hapdei and NOAA Affiliate Tammy Summers attach a satellite transmitter to a nesting green turtle.An article in the Mariana's Variety online Newspaper presents an update on the marine turtle research and monitoring program that was started in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Island (CNMI) in 2005. Its goals have included to collect scientific data to support adaptive resource management, mitigate local threats to marine turtles and their habitat, and to build community support for sea turtle conservation through education and outreach.

In the CNMI, the green turtle is currently listed as Threatened under the Endangered Species Act, while the Hawksbill is listed as Endangered. Because both are protected by law, the CNMI Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) receives funds from NOAA’s Pacific Islands Regional Office to study marine turtle nesting and foraging populations. More »

Australia: The joy of turning turtle 21 Sep 2014

A turtle off Lady Elliot islandRichard Green shares his experience swimming with marine turtles on the Great Barrier Reef and seeing them lay their eggs along the beach on Lady Elliot Island, in the Great Barrier Reef. Just before turtle nesting season, from November to March, he reports swimming besides a 4ft-long green turtle without needing to scuba dive to get close and coming upon a large female turtle lying in a sandy hollow.  More »

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