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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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» African Sea Turtle Newsletter #5 now available
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» Duke University Summer Course: Biology and Conservation of Sea Turtles (11 July - 12 August 2016)
 
 
 
   
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IOSEA Network Sites make headlines in Iran and U.A.E. 19 Jul 2016

Photo c/o Department of Environment, Islamic Republic of IranThe awarding of official certification for the inclusion of sites in the IOSEA Network of Sites of Importance for Marine Turtles recently received high-level acknowledgement in both the Islamic Republic of Iran and the United Arab Emirates.

H.E. Dr. Masoumeh Ebtekar, Vice-President and Head of Iran’s Department of Environment, joined IOSEA Focal Point Mr. Asghar Mobaraki in a commemoration event to mark the inclusion of Sheedvar Island in the Site Network. Sheedvar is a small rocky island located about 9 km off the mainland coast of Iran’s Hormozgan province. Already recognised by the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands as a significant nesting and resting area for migratory birds, the island is also important for hawksbill and green turtles. A comprehensive write-up appears on the DoE website (in Farsi). More »

 
   
 
Turtle Watching in the Sultanate of Oman 15 Jun 2016

Photo c/o MuscatDaily.comFor many years, Ras Al Jinz – only three hours’ drive from Muscat – has offered privileged visitors an awesome turtle-watching experience. Hopefully the character of this important nesting area will not be adversely impacted by recently announced plans to attract even more tourists. The nearby area of Ras Al Hadd has received a new investment deal to provide it with 700 hotel rooms spread over five star hotels and a boutique resort, a dedicated centre for wildlife preservation, an observation park and a specialised marine life park. There will also be a Heritage Village to showcase the authentic cultural experience and an eco-themed resort. Great care will be needed to avoid spoiling the very thing that brings visitors to this environmentally sensitive area. More »

 
   
 
Indonesia-born leatherback turtles spotted off coast of Vancouver Island 8 Jun 2016

The Marine Education and Research Society is working with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to try to determine exactly where leatherback turtles hang out on the coast of British Columbia, Canada's westernmost province. There have been relatively few recorded sightings (only 130) since the 1930s, but the massive turtles are known to feed on jellyfish in coastal waters. A clever hotline has been set up for anyone who spots one: 1-866-I-SAW-ONE. The Society hopes to draw attention to threats facing these endangered animals, which include entanglement in fishing gear and discarded plastic.  More »

 
   
 
Bundaberg's Mon Repos Turtle Centre gets $10m for expansion 8 Jun 2016

Photo credit: ABC - Eliza RogersThe Queensland Government has included $10 million in its state budget to expand the Mon Repos Turtle Centre in Bundaberg. The redevelopment aims to provide a "contemporary ecotourism experience that allows visitors to immerse themselves in marine turtle research and conservation." MP Leanne Donaldson noted that:

"Thirty-thousand people came just last year, those numbers have been increasing and with the redevelopment we anticipate it will be even more popular into the future." More »

 
   
 
CNMI: 'Let us harvest green sea turtles' 8 Jun 2016

Photo credit: Pacific Daily NewsDescribing it as "a clash of federal law and cultural practice", Gaynor Dumat-ol Daleno reports that the Northern Marianas government is reviving its more than decade-long quest to be allowed to harvest a limited number of green sea turtles. Northern Marianas acting Gov. Victor Hocog brought up the issue at a Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council meeting in Saipan. Twelve years ago, the CNMI government asked federal authorities to be allowed to catch turtles for certain cultural activities, such as teaching seafaring traditions and hosting fiestas. More »

 
   
     
 
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