About SWOT


Founded in 2003, SWOT is a partnership among Oceanic Society, the IUCN-SSC Marine Turtle Specialist Group, Duke University's OBIS-SEAMAP, and a growing international network of institutions and individuals. This powerful group—the SWOT Team—works to compile and publish global sea turtle data that support conservation and management efforts at the international, national, and local scales. These data reside within the SWOT database, which is continually updated and made publicly available. It is widely used by researchers, conservationists, students and teachers, funding agencies, and government officials.

Each year we publish a new volume of The State of the World’s Sea Turtles (SWOT) Report, an award-winning magazine designed to channel the SWOT Team's collective power by highlighting its success stories, innovations, and new findings. SWOT Report is distributed back to the SWOT Team members who helped create it, free of charge, for use in their own local outreach campaigns in communities where sea turtles occur. For more information visit the links below.


Our Vision & Goals

SWOT is a globally-focused program that combines science with education, outreach, and action to advance sea turtle conservation worldwide. Learn more about our vision and goals.

our team

The SWOT Program is managed by a dynamic group of sea turtle experts, communicators, scientists, cartographers, database specialists, and more. Get to know the people that make SWOT possible.

our managing Partners

The SWOT Program is administered by Oceanic Society in partnership with Duke University’s OBIS-SEAMAP and the IUCN-SSC Marine Turtle Specialist Group. Learn more about this unique partnership.