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Conserving the leatherback sea turtle 26 May 2016

Photo credit: Michael Patrick ONeill - Alamy Writing for The Jakarta Post, Ricardo Tapilatu reports on conservation efforts at Jamursba Medi and Wermon beaches in Bird’s Head peninsula, West Papua, which are the last two major nesting sites in the Western Pacific for leatherback turtles. Dedicated Indonesian environmentalists from WWF and, since 2000, the University of Papua, in collaboration with the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service, have spearheaded local training, monitoring, patrolling, and management efforts aimed at protecting nesting sites. Partnerships with local stakeholder were created to address problems caused by multiple groups being engaged independently in beach monitoring and conservation activities in Papua. This resulted in confusion for the local villagers and stakeholders, duplication of effort, and undermined effective conservation work.  More »


Hatching sea turtles get a hand from their siblings 24 May 2016

Photo c/o Discover Magazine (Jeroen Looyé) Reporting for Discover Magazine, Elizabeth Preston describes an interesting experiment conducted by Mohd Uzair Rusli of the Universiti Malaysia Terengganu and colleagues at the University of Queensland in Australia. The researchers found that turtle hatchlings expend less energy digging out of nests containing large numbers of hatchlings, as compared to those with fewer animals. Lower consumption of energy reserves should in turn enhance their ability to quickly disperse from the nesting beach.

These findings are relevant to hatchery operators who may be inclined to split relocated nests into smaller batches: in doing so they may inadvertently be forcing hatchlings to spend more energy while digging out.  More »


World Turtle Day 2016 23 May 2016

Photo credit: Mark Kolbe/ Getty Images On World Turtle Day, marked each year on 23 May, campaigners are calling for better protection and conservation of the marine animals. An article in the International Business Times succinctly draws attention to the myriad of threats that may threaten their survival, including hunting for meat and shell, poaching of eggs, accidental capture in commercial fishing nets, climate change (which may affect reproductive capacity and alter coastal habitats), and destruction and disturbance of nesting beaches, as a consequence of coastal development for tourism.  More »


Sharjah: Injured turtles released after rehabilitation 23 May 2016

Photo c/o Sharjah Museums Department Sharjah Aquarium has been running a rehabilitation programme for the past six years to rescue and care for sick and injured hawksbill and green turtles, and release them back into the wild. Five adult and juvenile hawksbill turtles were reintroduced at the Natural Reserve at Al Hamriya Beach in Sharjah, at a public event held to mark World Turtle Day. The animals had been brought into the Aquarium's care after having been spotted by members of the public, who noticed they were suffering from critical injuries. More »


Singapore: Sisters Islands to be heart of marine life conservation 22 May 2016

Photo credit: National Parks Board Plans to transform Sisters' Islands into a marine park have been announced by the Senior Minister of State for National Development. The 40 hectare Sisters' Islands Marine Park, first announced in 2014, comprises the two Sisters' Islands and surrounding reefs, and the western reefs of nearby St John's Island and Pulau Tekukor. Its ecosystem supports corals, anemones, seahorses, fish and other marine life. With the help of a $500,000 donation from HSBC, a turtle hatchery will be set up on Small Sister's Island by the end of next year. The park will be accessible by a 40-minute boat ride from Marina South Pier.  More »


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