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Unraveling the mystery of hawksbill sea turtle migration 31 May 2016

Photo c/o The Nature Conservancy (video) Blogging for the The Nature Conservancy, Justine Hausheer describes efforts in the Solomon Islands to conserve and study endangered hawksbill turtles. Created in 1995, the Arnavon Community Marine Conservation Area is both the largest and first community-managed marine protected area in the country. As of 2012, an estimated 400 to 600 hawksbills nest here annually, migrating thousands of kilometers back to their natal beaches. As these hawksbills nest only once every 7 years, on average, it's estimated that the total Arnavons’ nesting population numbers between 2,000 and 4,000 animals. Some of these turtles have been shown to migrate to foraging grounds on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and Papua New Guinea. More »

 

Malaysia’s largest marine park comes to life 29 May 2016

Photo credit: Jurgen Freund/WWF WWF reports on the establishment of Tun Mustapha Park in Malaysia, after more than a decade of efforts by government authorities and civil society. Situated in an area of the western Pacific Ocean known as the Coral Triangle, the new park will help protect almost 1 million hectares of coral reef, mangrove, seagrass and productive fishing grounds including more than 50 islands. Overfishing, destructive fishing and pollution have threatened its unique ecosystem in recent years, highlighting the need for sustainable management. More »

 

Gisele Bundchen joins U.N. campaign to fight animal trafficking: I am a sea turtle 27 May 2016

Photo credit: Wild for Life Braziilan model Gisele Bundchen is lending her voice to a United Nations campaign to fight illegal trafficking of wild animals, entitled “Wild for Life”. "Knowledge is power and now is the time to set our minds to ending all illegal wildlife trade before the choice is no longer in our hands. Today, I am giving my name to change the game for sea turtles," Bundchen said in a statement. The campaign, which was launched at the second United Nations Environment Assembly in Nairobi, has named a number of celebrities as goodwill ambassadors with each representing a separate species threatened by illegal trade. More »

 

Turtles set for a safe haven in Goa 27 May 2016

Photo credit: Somjit Bhattacharyya, Youtube Paul Fernandes reports that Goa's first turtle conservation reserve at Galgibaga beach appears to be closer to realisation with the Goa coastal zone management authority granting approval in principle to a provisional management plan for conserving and protecting the turtle nesting site. The plan has been submitted as part of an order by national green tribunal (NGT) and the government's long term plans to ensure conservation of the idyllic beach. The otherwise desolate area, designated as a turtle nesting site under coastal zone regulations, was invaded by shacks, huts, tents and other tourism infrastructure during the 2014-15 tourism season, impacting nesting of olive ridley turtles. More »

 

Malaysia: Monitoring fishermen at sea 26 May 2016

Photo credit: The Star TV.com (video extract) While announcing a plan to implement an Automated Identification System (AIS) on vessels fishing in Malaysian waters, as of 1 January 2017, Fisheries Department deputy director-general (Development), Zulkafli Abd Rashid, also addressed the problem of continuing use of illegal pukat pari nets. These 18 m x 18 m nets, with 25 cm mesh, are thought to be responsible for drowning large numbers of turtles, particularly in Terengganu. Noting that more than 40 such nets had been seized from January to May, the deputy DG pledged even more concerted action, as well as stringent checks. Other projects, including use of TEDs and LED light sticks, were also under way. More »

 

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