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Newsletter from the IOSEA Marine Turtle MOU Secretariat
 
In this first newsletter of 2022, we are highlighting some of the ‘tools’ available for Signatory States and other stakeholders to support their activities for the conservation implementation of the IOSEA Marine Turtle MOU. We would also especially like to thank our guest contributors, who have highlighted very important issues in their articles.

Two major achievements we would like to draw to your attention specifically are the publication of the Assessment of the Conservation Status of Hawksbill Turtles in the IOSEA Region, and the adoption of the Single Species Action Plan for the Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) in South-East Asia and the Western Pacific Ocean Region.

We would also like to use this opportunity to remind you of the webpage providing links to existing capacity-building resources of the MOU, and one highlighting other relevant resources, to which you can also suggest additions.

The IOSEA Marine Turtle MOU Secretariat wishes you an enjoyable and informative time reading this Newsletter and a good second half of the year 2022!
SUPPORTING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE MOU

The Database of Flipper Tag Series in Use in the IOSEA Region

Flipper tagging is a low-tech and low-cost method to better understand migration patterns, distribution, growth and mortality rates, reproductive output, and population size. The Flipper Tag Series Database provides information on codes in use in 25 countries of the IOSEA region.
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Action Plan Addressing Unsustainable Use and Trade of Hawksbill Turtles in South-East Asia and the Western Pacific Ocean Agreed

This new Single Species Action Plan outlines what needs to be done ‘To address unsustainable use and trade of hawksbill turtles in the South-East Asia and Western Pacific Ocean region and build resilience in the populations’ at both the domestic and the international level. Governments across the range of the SSAP are encouraged to consider adopting the plan for their countries.
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Light Pollution – there is a Solution!

Light pollution is best known for its negative impacts on marine turtles, deterring adults from nesting and disorienting hatchlings. Signatory States endorsed guidelines that explain light pollution and how to manage it.
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Using Satellite Tracking Data to Drive Conservation

Lessons from over 30 studies with marine mammals, fish, sea birds and turtles show what is needed in order to maximise the translation of tracking data into conservation planning. 
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New SEE Shell Mobile Application Available to Help Tackle the Illegal Tortoiseshell Trade

Despite international laws banning it, the tortoiseshell trade is active in at least 40 countries. This new app provides law enforcement officials with a tool they can use to identify hawksbill turtle shell products, and can help individual consumers avoid such purchases. 
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PUBLICATIONS

New Release: Assessment of the Conservation Status of Hawksbill Turtles in the IOSEA Region Shows Great Differences Across the Region

The third in a series of species-focused assessments undertaken by the IOSEA Marine Turtle MOU Advisory Committee. This review provides an overview of what is known about Hawksbill Turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata) in the Indian Ocean South-East Asia (IOSEA) region. 

New Review Finds the Consumption of Wild Meat of Aquatic Megafauna Protected Under CMS to be Widespread Throughout the Tropics

Published on 21 March 2022 was a review of the literature and overview of the contemporary use of aquatic megafauna (cetaceans, sirenians, chelonians, and crocodylians) in the global tropics and subtropics.  
NEWS FROM AROUND THE REGION

Still Swimming with Turtles: Tourist-Turtle Interactions in the Maldives Pre- and Post-COVID-19

Following pandemic-related closures, turtle behaviour in the presence of humans in the water has not yet recovered to the old levels of relaxation and familiarity.
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COVID-19 Pandemic: Implication on Kuwait’s Sea Turtles

Increased human presence at Qaruh Island during the COVID-19 pandemic due to international travel restrictions appears to have disturbed green and hawksbill turtle nesting.
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VIDEO - LIGHT POLLUTION AND SEA TURTLES
Video on light pollution and sea turtles produced by the Australian Government, Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment


Please Send Contributions to Future Newsletters!
 
If you would like your projects and activities relating to marine turtle conservation in the Indian Ocean South-East Asia region featured, please send us a brief text (preferably between 200 and 800 words), with at least one related high-quality picture in landscape format that we are allowed to publish, any relevant links, and the name and/or the organization of the author. If possible, your submission should be in English. If needed, however, the Secretariat can help with translating from French.  

We publish on the website regularly and plan to be sending the newsletter periodically; accordingly, input is welcome at any time. What you highlight in your submission could be a description of your recent, current or even planned activities related to the objectives of the IOSEA Marine Turtle MOU, announcements relevant for marine turtle conservation in the IOSEA region, or any results you wish to share with the IOSEA community, including the Signatory States.

More submissions mean we can publish the Newsletter more frequently. We look forward to receiving your contribution!

For any questions, please contact the MOU Coordinator, Ms Heidrun Frisch-Nwakanma (heidrun.frisch-nwakanma@un.org). 




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