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Power corp and A.P. Forest Dept ink pact to save Olive Ridleys 19 April 2016

Photo c/o The New Indian Express / R V K Rao EPS The National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), Simhadri has signed an MoU with the Andhra Pradesh Forest department to conserve olive ridley turtles along the AP coast of India. The initiative is part of its corporate social responsibility and sustainable development initiative. The pact will enable mapping of breeding sites, identification of nesting and breeding habitats and migratory routes, development of guidelines to minimise turtle mortality, and further local and national actions. More »


Great Barrier Reef: 93% of reefs hit by coral bleaching 19 April 2016

Photo: Terry Hughes/ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies The Guardian reports that almost 93% of reefs on the Great Barrier Reef have been hit by coral bleaching, according to a comprehensive survey revealing the full extent of the devastation caused by abnormally warm ocean temperatures. There have only been three mass bleaching events recorded on the reef, and all of them have happened since 1998. Scientists say this episode is the worst they’ve ever seen. The world is in the midst of a global bleaching event, resulting from a pulse of warm water flowing around the Pacific Ocean caused by El Niño, and global warming caused by man-made greenhouse gas emissions. More »


Rescued sea turtle tracked on journey to Karimata Strait 19 April 2016

Photo c/o National Taiwan Ocean University Prof. Cheng I-junn The Taipei Times reports that the first successfully-rescued female hawksbill turtle in Taiwan has migrated to Indonesia, 94 days after it was released in Yilan County. Researchers are more accustomed to working with green turtles, so the tracking of a hawksbill was special. The turtle was found stranded at a beach in Yilan in June 2015 with injuries suspected to have been caused by fishing nets. Tracking data showed that, by February, the turtle was located near Belitung Island on the Karimata Strait, Indonesia, 5,467km from where it was released.  More »


Pacific leatherback turtles face hard swim back from brink of extinction 18 April 2016

Photo c/o www.mercurynews.com / Scott Benson NOAA biologist Scott Benson recently gave a bleak assessment of the future of Pacific leatherback turtles. Populations have plummeted in recent decades: Western Pacific leatherbacks have declined more than 80 percent and Eastern Pacific leatherbacks have declined by more than 97 percent. The main culprits include increased access to the turtles' breeding grounds on account of new roads and outboard motors, which has resulted in unsustainable egg harvests. Other threats include increased entanglement and bycatch in fishing gear such as gillnets, egg predation by feral animals, and beach erosion. More »


Seychelles North Island sees turtle boom 17 April 2016

Photo c/o Seychelles News Agency Seychelles News Agency reports that the county's North Island is not only a favored destination for the rich and famous. Sea turtles are also showing up in increasing numbers. The number of green and hawksbill turtles counted on the island have been higher in recent years, according to counts in 2014 and 2015. The island is one of the highly conservation-oriented islands of the Seychelles archipelago in the western Indian Ocean. North Island started its turtle monitoring programmes in 1998, and every beach is monitored daily for turtle activity. More »


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