South-East Asia

The Sea Turtle Rescue Alliance – Developing Medical Capacity and Training for Sea Turtle Veterinarians and Centres Around the World

By Maximilian Polyak, DVM, MPhil, CertAqV & Claire Petros, BVSc, MRCVS

02 December 2022

Benefits of a Marine Turtle Conservation Project to Local Communities in an Impoverished Region in Papua, Indonesia

by Deasy Lontoh and Fitryanti Pakiding

06 September 2022

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.

02 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

Turtle Excluder Device as a sustainable fishing practice in Malaysia

Malaysia’s fishing industry is dominated by trawl fisheries, contributing almost 50% of overall fish landings. This contributes to a high mortality rate of sea turtles accidentally caught in these fishing nets, especially by shrimp trawl fleets – as turtles and shrimps happen to share the same habitats. Every year, thousands of sea turtles get trapped in fishing nets and eventually drown, as they are unable to reach the surface to breath. One of the many ways to prevent the accidental catch or bycatch is by fitting nets with a simple device that helps sea turtles to escape through an escape route, called a Turtle Excluder Devices (TEDs).

02 February 2021

The fight against illegal trade in marine turtles needs a global approach and local communities

Bonn, 7 March 2019 - the global ban on the international trade of marine turtles and their products under Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species

07 March 2019

Global Dugong Genetics Project

The Global Dugong Genetics Project aims to examine the phylogeography of the dugong based on historical samples from throughout the dugong’s range. It will update conservation and management actions through mapping the distribution of discrete dugong populations; identifying historical and potential migratory routes; and highlighting small populations as a priority for conservation. The Project was a collaboration between James Cook University and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

04 May 2021