Effective conservation of the critically endangered hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) in the western Indian Ocean is hindered by a lack of basic ecological information about its diet and habitat requirements. This study utilised stomach samples from dead turtles and oesophageal lavage, together with in-water observations of foraging turtles, to identify the relative importance of species contributing to the diet of hawksbill turtles at five localities in the Republic of Seychelles. Read more
Top sea turtle experts from around the globe have discovered that almost half (45%) of the world’s threatened sea turtle populations are found in the northern Indian Ocean. The study also determined that the most significant threats across all of the threatened populations of sea turtles are fisheries bycatch, accidental catches of sea turtles by fishermen targeting other species, and the direct harvest of turtles or their eggs for food or turtle shell material for commercial use. A study done by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Marine Turtle Specialist Group (MTSG) and supported by Conservation International (CI) and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), is the first comprehensive status assessment of all sea turtle populations globally. The study also highlighted the 12 healthiest sea turtle populations in the world, which are large and currently populations facing relatively low threats. These include populations of Hawksbill turtles that nest in the Seychelles. See this story here. Alongside the report are maps which show both the threatened and healthy populations.
BirdLife’s partner Nature Kenya has published a manual intended to create awareness on Kenya’s rich and diverse coastal resources. Environmental Education: Marine Manual for Coastal Schools was funded by RECOMAP. The manual is a useful resource for teachers and environmental educators in coastal schools.Its aims are to help “a new generation to reverse the threats facing marine, estuary, beaches, mangroves and coastal forests by educating children.” A copy of the manual can be downloaded via the Publications-other page on this website.