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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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» Technical Paper: Proposed Transboundary Marine Conservation between Kenya and Tanzania
» Changes to U.S. Listing Determination for Green Sea Turtles
» Survey of Marine Turtle Entanglement - Marine Turtle Research Group / University of Exeter
» Duke University Summer Course: Biology and Conservation of Sea Turtles (11 July - 12 August 2016)
» Seychelles Islands Foundation: Two volunteers needed for Aldabra Atoll from May 2016
» Paper reviewed: Tropical flatback turtle embryos are resilient to the heat of climate change
» New paper: Diversity, habitat distribution, and indigenous hunting of marine turtles in the Calamian Islands, Palawan, Philippines
» NOAA Announcement of Funding Opportunity for Bycatch Reduction
» Interesting gap analysis and research priorities for the Mediterranean Sea
Great Barrier Reef: 93% of reefs hit by coral bleaching 19 Apr 2016

Photo: Terry Hughes/ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef StudiesThe Guardian reports that almost 93% of reefs on the Great Barrier Reef have been hit by coral bleaching, according to a comprehensive survey revealing the full extent of the devastation caused by abnormally warm ocean temperatures. There have only been three mass bleaching events recorded on the reef, and all of them have happened since 1998. Scientists say this episode is the worst they’ve ever seen. The world is in the midst of a global bleaching event, resulting from a pulse of warm water flowing around the Pacific Ocean caused by El Niño, and global warming caused by man-made greenhouse gas emissions. More »

Rescued sea turtle tracked on journey to Karimata Strait 19 Apr 2016

Photo c/o National Taiwan Ocean University Prof. Cheng I-junnThe Taipei Times reports that the first successfully-rescued female hawksbill turtle in Taiwan has migrated to Indonesia, 94 days after it was released in Yilan County. Researchers are more accustomed to working with green turtles, so the tracking of a hawksbill was special. The turtle was found stranded at a beach in Yilan in June 2015 with injuries suspected to have been caused by fishing nets. Tracking data showed that, by February, the turtle was located near Belitung Island on the Karimata Strait, Indonesia, 5,467km from where it was released.  More »

Pacific leatherback turtles face hard swim back from brink of extinction 18 Apr 2016

Photo c/o www.mercurynews.com / Scott BensonNOAA biologist Scott Benson recently gave a bleak assessment of the future of Pacific leatherback turtles. Populations have plummeted in recent decades: Western Pacific leatherbacks have declined more than 80 percent and Eastern Pacific leatherbacks have declined by more than 97 percent. The main culprits include increased access to the turtles' breeding grounds on account of new roads and outboard motors, which has resulted in unsustainable egg harvests. Other threats include increased entanglement and bycatch in fishing gear such as gillnets, egg predation by feral animals, and beach erosion. More »

Seychelles North Island sees turtle boom 17 Apr 2016

Photo c/o Seychelles News AgencySeychelles News Agency reports that the county's North Island is not only a favored destination for the rich and famous. Sea turtles are also showing up in increasing numbers. The number of green and hawksbill turtles counted on the island have been higher in recent years, according to counts in 2014 and 2015. The island is one of the highly conservation-oriented islands of the Seychelles archipelago in the western Indian Ocean. North Island started its turtle monitoring programmes in 1998, and every beach is monitored daily for turtle activity. More »

Hybrid turtle possible first in Australia 12 Apr 2016

Photo: Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef AquariumA turtle rescued from a Queensland port with both hawksbill and green turtle features is suspected to be the first hybrid of its kind observed in Australia. The unusual turtle was rescued by concerned onlookers and taken to Reef HQ Aquarium’s turtle hospital on the Great Barrier Reef after it was seen lingering in the Townsville Port following entanglement in a crab pot.
On closer inspection, several features were observed that were not consistent with either a hawksbill or green turtle; instead this rare animal appeared to have traits of both. More »

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