Marine Turtle Conservation, Fight Against Poaching Is Being Addressed

An accord with twenty seven countries in a collaborative effort against poaching of endangered marine turtles which has to be stop due to its dwindling population, sea resources destruction and illegal fishing operations.

Member country should be able to adopt better techniques in marine preservation through the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) and arranged Memorandum of Agreement (MOA).

Australia, Oman, Seychelles and South Africa have already been monitoring their turtle population for several decades.

Other countries, even have established a longer history of monitoring turtles.

Indonesia is carrying out research to identify fisheries and turtle interactions. The Seychelles has devised innovative approaches to involve the private sector in practical conservation measures.

Australia has a multi-million dollar programs to support community driven approaches to turtle conservation and solve the problem of ghost nets. According to UNEP.

A study of the World Wildlife (WWF) indicated that marine turtles tourism generates three times revenue as the sale of turtle products such as meat, leather and eggs.

The worldwide decline in sea turtle population jeopardizes tourism and coastal economies, especially in developing countries, two third of which have sea turtles, WWF has said in a statement.

As it engaged in conservation efforts, South Africa has increased its nesting population of loggerhead turtles from 250 to 1,750 in four decades, although in eastern Australia and Madagascar have to do more to reverse its declining loggerhead turtles population.

Among the 27 countries who are the signatory of the accord are: Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Comoros, Eritrea, India, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Myanmar, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Tanzania, United Kingdom, United States and Vietnam.

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