Indian Ocean

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

Over one million visitors came to the Maldives in 2018, many of which joined in-water activities such as snorkeling and diving to see marine megafauna such as whale sharks, manta rays and sea turtles (e.g., MUI 2022).

08 June 2022

“Turtle TV” from 20 Countries Available on “World Sea Turtle Day 2021” YouTube Playlist

With programmes from 20 countries, on 16 and 19 June 2021 the IOSEA region celebrated World Sea Turtle Day, the 20th Anniversary of the IOSEA Marine Turtle MOU and the fascinating world of marine t

23 June 2021

Recent Estimates of Sea Turtle Nesting Populations Indicate the Regional Importance of the Chagos Archipelago

The IUCN Red List of Threatened species relies on national or regional groups such as IOSEA Task Forces to guide collection of systematic metrics on population size and trends in abundance over time. An important goal of the IOSEA Conservation and Management Plan is to increase understanding of sea turtle population status by countries across the region.

17 February 2021

STORM - Sea Turtles for Ocean Research and Monitoring

The Atmosphere and Cyclones Laboratory and Kelonia have equipped 11 juvenile sea turtles (8 Loggerhead Turtles and 3 Olive Ridley Turtles) with Argos tags equipped with additional sensors. These juveniles had been taken in at the Kelonia Care Centre after being accidentally caught by longline fishermen in Reunion Island waters.

09 February 2021

Improving Hatching Success on Cousine Island, Republic of Seychelles

Cousine Island is a small granitic island (25.7 ha) within the Republic of Seychelles containing a singular beach on its eastern, windward side. It is situated five kilometres from the second most populated island in the Seychelles, Praslin, and only two kilometres from the neighbouring island of Cousin (a nature reserve managed by Nature Seychelles since 1998). Since the purchase of Cousine Island by the current owner in 1991, conservation activities to monitor the nesting hawksbill females on the beach have been implemented as well as efforts to improve hatching success rates and the number of hatchlings released to sea.

27 January 2021

Caring for an endangered visitor

State’s coast has become a preferred nesting gro

23 November 2020

Blaze extinguished on stricken oil tanker off Sri Lanka

A massive fire on a stricken oil tanker off Sri Lanka's coast has been extingu

06 September 2020