Illegal take and trade of marine turtles in the IOSEA region.

Poached turtles carapace lined up

Jess Williams and her turtle poaching detector dog, Lula processing the remains of several turtle carapaces found in the sand dunes in Southern Mozambique. Note the large puncture holes present in the carapace, evidence that these turtles were illegally caught by spear fishers.

A new report has been released reviewing all information available on illegal take and trade of marine turtles within the Indian Ocean and South-East Asia region. The report is the most comprehensive and current review on illegal take of marine turtles with in the IOSEA region. It also identifies Mozambique as a significant hotspot for illegal take (poaching) of turtles within the region, but particularly for the Western Indian Ocean.

This is one of the main research focuses for my thesis on going work here through “Tartarugas para Amanhã: Turtles for Tomorrow” and I am glad to have been cited within the report as key literature reporting the situation for Mozambique. This issue of illegal take and trade of marine turtles is a complex, multifaceted problem and as the report conveys is a highly variable throughout the region making conservation a challenging task.

Click here to access the report: Illegal take and trade of marine turtles in the IOSEA region

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One thought on “Illegal take and trade of marine turtles in the IOSEA region.

  1. Good day , we do training for field rangers all over Africa.Reading your mail and news letter every time made me think if we can’t assist in training Scouts to help with the poaching taking place in Mozambique on the marine resources. Please see our web at Southern African Wildlife College. We specialist in tailor made training. Hope to hear from you soon.Regards Robbie Green.

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