Posts tagged Global
Finding the Keys to Safe Transport of Debilitated Turtles

Tending to the hundreds of debilitated sea turtles that wash ashore every year is a logistically complex operations that and carries risks for both the turtles and their rescuers. The Sea Turtle Preservation Society (STPS) has developed a set of best practices for transporting disabled turtles while mitigating some of the risks.

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FAQs About Sea Turtles

With their specialized biology and their unique behaviors, sea turtles tend to provoke a lot of questions. Spend an hour with someone who is watching a turtle nest for the first time, and inevitably the questions will come: How old do they get? Where will she go after she leaves the beach? Where did she mate? When will she come back? How long until the babies become adults?

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Why Sharing Data with SWOT is Good for You ... and Good for Your Turtles

SWOT’s vision is a permanent global network of specialists working to accelerate the conservation of sea turtles and their habitats—pooling and synthesizing data and regularly sharing the information with audiences who can make a difference. This only works because SWOT Team members choose to share their data. In this article, the SWOT Editorial Board addresses some of the common objections to sharing data, as well as the benefits of doing so. 

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Why Europe Needs to Adopt Turtle Excluder Devices

TEDs are a simple but elegant solution for minimizing sea turtle bycatch in trawl fisheries. As such, they are now mandated by many governments around the world and their use is enforced. However, Europe, which is the largest market for fisheries products in the world, has no such regulation and provides an alternative market for countries that do not use TEDs.

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Sea Turtles of the French Territories

Geopolitics of the past have left France with many territories that are spread across the globe, and the coincidental overlap of so many sea turtle regional management units is a fortunate consequence that allows France to play a disproportionately important role in sea turtle conservation. In this article, members of the French Marine Turtle Group offer an overview of the distribution and movement of turtles in French waters, as well as the threats facing turtles in French territories around the world. 

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Rapid Assessment Tool Helps Prioritize Nesting Beaches for Study and Protection

Developers eyeing coastal locations often need information quickly to make the best choices about where to site their projects for minimum environmental impact. Often there are little or no data available on sea turtle nesting, and collecting field data can be slow and costly. An international environmental consultancy is creating a software tool that can rapidly assess and rank the value of beaches for their potential sea turtle nesting importance in areas where biological data are absent.

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SWOT Report, Vol. XIII Now Available!

We are excited to announce the availability of The State of the World’s Sea Turtles (SWOT) Report, vol. XIII, now available online and in print. Explore the sea turtles of Japan, loggerhead turtle movements in the Pacific Ocean, and the sea turtles of the French territories through all new maps and data visualizations. Other articles explore bycatch solutions, plastic pollution, the Kemp's ridley's status, and more. 

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How Turtles Affect Beaches

People living on temperate shores are familiar with phenomena such as the salmon run, in which entire ecosystems emerge from winter hibernation, starving for nutrition and desperately waiting for the salmon to arrive. Sea turtle nesting is no different; it creates a massive nutrient pulse into otherwise nutrient-poor beach ecosystems.

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