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Seychelles to intercept fishing devices to protect reefs 25 August 2016

Photo c/o Seychelles News Agency (Sam Balderson/ICS) The Seychelles New Agency reports that Seychelles is taking steps to limit the damaging effects of fish aggregating devices (FADs) on the island nationís reefs and other marine life through a new project. It aims to intercept the fishing devices before they are washed up on the beaches, especially around the outer islands.

Problems associated with FADs include increased catch of juvenile target fish, such as tuna, as well as by-catch of non-targeted species, such as marine turtles. Lost or discarded FADs also inflict damage on coral reefs.  More »


Monitoring, tagging and conservation of marine turtles in Mozambique: 2015/16 Annual Report 15 August 2016

Cover of Centro Terra Viva 2015-16 Annual Report (Mozambique marine turtles) Raquel Fernandes, Centro Terra Viva, has kindly forwarded a copy of the ninth annual report on monitoring, tagging and conservation of marine turtles in Mozambique. The report presents the results of the 2015/16 nesting season, ongoing and published studies, as well as priorities for future research and a list of relevant events.

Monitoring took place from September 2015 to March 2016, in the southern part of the country, and from June 2015 to May 2016 in the northern part. In general, when compared with the previous seasons, 2015/16 had slightly less loggerhead and leatherback tracks and more green turtles tracks. The explanation is not clear and may simply be a result of monitoring effort or natural seasonal variation. The impacts of environmental changes and seasonal variation are not yet understood and future efforts should be made in this subject area. In addition to this, identifying and quantifying the extent of anthropogenic impacts (particularly fisheries-related mortality) to sea turtles in Mozambique is needed to inform conservation and management decisions. More »


Kuwait Dive Team lifts 3 tons of waste from Garooh Island 26 July 2016

Photo c/o Kuwait News Agency As part of its regular initiative to protect Kuwait's coral reefs, the Kuwait Dive Team recently collaborated with the coast guard and others to remove three tons of waste and other discarded material from the waters around Garooh Island.

The Interior Ministry's Assistant Undersecretary for Sea Borders Security Affairs noted that the coast guard's mandate extended to security and protection of the marine environment, and he urged citizens and residents to protect the islands. More »


Malaysia: 19,000 Sea Turtle Eggs Seized in Anti-Smuggling Operation 24 July 2016

Photo c/o THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK Reporting for National Geographic's 'Wildlife Watch', Rachael Bale documents the recent seizure at sea, by Sabah Marine Police, of nearly 20,000 sea turtle eggs.

The Straits Times first reported the story of the major egg smuggling bust. Four pump boats were detected in local waters in the early hours of 16 July. After a 15-minute pursuit, the Marine Police discovered on board many large sacks full of eggs with a street value of some RM30,000 ($7,500). They detained four Filipinos on suspicion of smuggling and another eight suspected illegal immigrants. More »


IOSEA Network Sites make headlines in Iran and U.A.E. 19 July 2016

Photo c/o Department of Environment, Islamic Republic of Iran The awarding of official certification for the inclusion of sites in the IOSEA Network of Sites of Importance for Marine Turtles recently received high-level acknowledgement in both the Islamic Republic of Iran and the United Arab Emirates.

H.E. Dr. Masoumeh Ebtekar, Vice-President and Head of Iranís Department of Environment, joined IOSEA Focal Point Mr. Asghar Mobaraki in a commemoration event to mark the inclusion of Sheedvar Island in the Site Network. Sheedvar is a small rocky island located about 9 km off the mainland coast of Iranís Hormozgan province. Already recognised by the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands as a significant nesting and resting area for migratory birds, the island is also important for hawksbill and green turtles. A comprehensive write-up appears on the DoE website (in Farsi). More »


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