South-East Asia

Raja Ampat survey reveals new species and key manta ray data

Raja Ampat is the global epicentre of marine biodiversity – and the species count is still rising, thanks in large part to two scientists ...

10 April 2018

Donner aux grands singes un “droit à vivre”

Un collectif de personnalités lance « un cri » pour empêcher la disparition des grands singes, qui ne sont plus que quelques milliers.

08 April 2018

Public Awareness Program and Development of Education Toolkit for Green Sea Turtle Conservation in Sarawak, Malaysia

Nobody knows exactly what happened during "the lost years" of the turtles in the wild, thus a green turtle headstarting project was carried out at Pantai Pandan, Lundu, Sarawak, Malaysia from June 2014 until December 2015 to shed some lights on the growth of hatchlings during a small part of their "lost years". As a consequent, opportunity of small scale awareness campaigns on sea turtle conservation arises during this project. Activities include talk related to green turtles conservation, hands on experience on turtle-human interaction (supervised), and documentation via videography.

14 September 2018

Regional Important Marine Mammal Areas Workshop

Dr Donna Kwan from the CMS Dugong MOU Secretariat attended the third Important Marine Mammal Area (IMMA) workshop in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia from 12-16 March 2018. The workshop, held by the IUCN Marine Mammal Protected Areas Task Force, covered the North East Indian Ocean and South East Asian Seas region.

26 March 2018

Marine Macrophytes and Plastics Consumed by Green Turtles (Chelonia mydas) in Hong Kong, South China Sea Region

This is the first identification of marine macrophytes consumed by green turtles in Hong Kong, South China Sea: 6 red algae species (Pterocladiella tenuis, Gelidium pusillum, Chondrus ocellatus, Gracilaria chorda, Grateloupia filicina, and Amansia glomerata), 1 brown alga species (Lobophora variegata), and 1 sea grass (Halophila ovalis) were identified. Plastics and other foreign materials were also found in the stomach contents of 2 of the 8 individuals sampled.

14 September 2018

Spatio-Temporal Patterns of Mitochondrial DNA Variation in Hawksbill Turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata) in Southeast Asia.

Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) polymorphisms provide useful information that can be used to estimate the phylogeographic relationships, historical demography, and migratory events of widely distributed animals. In this study, the spatio-temporal patterns of mtDNA polymorphisms were assessed in Indo-Pacific hawksbill turtles from Malaysian nesting rookeries and foraging aggregations sampled during 1996–2014.

14 September 2018

Report On Illegal Take and Trade of Marine Turtles in the Indian Ocean Region

Over recent years, the national and international illegal trade in marine turtles has been largely under-reported by the 35 Signatory States of the Indian Ocean South East Asia Marine Turtle Memorandum of Understanding (IOSEA MoU), despite indications that the illegal trade in the region was expanding.

14 September 2018

Du plancton, du plastique et des déchets : les images alarmantes d’un plongeur au large de Bali

Les images de Rich Horner ont fait le tour de la planète. Le plongeur a filmé des centaines de sachets de plastiques dans les eaux paradisiaques de Bali en Indonésie.

08 March 2018

Plastic, plastic, plastic': British diver films sea of rubbish off Bali

Video posted on YouTube shows water densely strewn with food wrappers, cups and sachets as tropical fish dart in and out.

06 March 2018

CMS Executive Secretary at Philippines Environment Summit

The 2nd Philippine Environment Summit is a celebration of the Philippine environmental movement showcasing programmes and projects that contribute to social and economic advancement, while taking into account the need to protect the environment.

22 February 2018