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

Launched today at a workshop held as part of the 40th International Sea Turtle Symposium (ISTS40) is the third in a series of species-focused assessments undertaken by the Advisory Committee of the IOSEA Marine Turtle MOU. This review provides an overview of what is known about Hawksbill Turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata) in the Indian Ocean South-East Asia (IOSEA) region.

25 March 2022

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

Published on 21 March 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, for 37 species listed on the Appendices of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS).

22 March 2022

The Kingdom of Bahrain Accedes to CMS

The Kingdom of Bahrain has acceded to the Convention bringing the number of Parties to 133.  It joins the ever-growing number of contracting Parties from Asia. The Kingdom of Bahrain, whose capital is Manana, is an island country located in the Persian Gulf that comprises an archipelago of natural islands and artificial islands with a total land area of 728 km2 and approximately 3000 km2 of territorial waters. 

28 February 2022

COVID-19 Pandemic: Implication on Kuwait’s Sea Turtles

By: Amani S.Y. Al-Zaidan(1), Abdullah S. Al-Zaidan(2), Shurouq A. Al-Marzooq(2)

(1) Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, Kuwait University, P.O. Box 5969, Safat 13060, Kuwait.

(2) Kuwait Environment Public Authority (KEPA), P.O. Box 24395, Safat 13104, Kuwait.

21 January 2022

Flatback Turtle Known Since 1974 Illustrates Importance of Long-term Monitoring for Conservation

The longest-studied Flatback Turtle has returned to one of Australia's key nesting beaches. Known as X23103, this flatback was first flipper-tagged at the nesting beach "Mon Repos" (Queensland, Australia) in 1974, and has been coming back ever since, giving insights into important live-history parameters such as nesting intervals and site fidelity.

17 December 2021

Northern Indian Ocean Marine Turtle Task Force Concludes Meeting Cycle in the Anniversary Year

On 13-14 December 2021, the Northern Indian Ocean Marine Turtle Task Force held its third meeting (NIO-MTTF-3) online. Chaired by Mr Muralidharan Manoharakrishnan of the Dakshin Foundation, India, the aim of the meeting was to give an overview of the countries' achievements and issues encountered, and to reach agreement on recommendations for conservation, outreach, and research activities.

16 December 2021

Assessment of Key Threats to Marine Turtles at the Hawkse Bay Beach of Karachi and Preliminary Survey of Illegal Trade

By Muhammad Shoaib Kiani, Rija Khan, Hasnain Ali, Muhammad Faisal, Humera Aisha, Warda Jamil, Iqra Mansur, Manal Fatima 
Institute of Marine Science, University of Karachi-75270, Karachi & WWF-Pakistan

10 December 2021

Sea Turtles of Qatar - Conservation Status Update

Prof. John MK Wong
Ministry of Environment & Climate Change, State of Qatar

09 December 2021