SWOT Reports

The State of the World's Sea Turtles—SWOT Report is a unique publication that brings sea turtles into the hearts and minds of people around the world. Published annually since 2006, the rich educational content that fills each volume is generated by our extensive network of partners—the SWOT Team—and is designed to harness the group’s collective power by highlighting their success stories, innovations, and new findings. Each year, 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 nest, forage, and migrate.

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SWOT Report, Vol. XIII (2018)

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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SWOT Report, Vol. XII (2017)

Explore the sea turtles of Africa, with the first comprehensive maps of sea turtle nesting and satellite telemetry throughout the continent. Other articles explore satellite tracking, loggerhead status, the hawksbill shell trade, and more. 


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SWOT Report, Vol. XI (2016)

Explore the sea turtles of South America, with the first comprehensive maps of sea turtle nesting and satellite telemetry throughout the continent. Read about the problem of plastic pollution in our oceans, about efforts to address ghost nets, the status of the leatherback turtle, and much more.


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SWOT Report, Vol. X (2015)

Presenting an up to date map of sea turtle nesting distribution in Costa Rica with data contributed from dozens of partners. Other articles explore topics including hands-off science techniques, and updates from the Mediterranean region.


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SWOT Report, Vol. IX (2014)

Highlights trends in sea turtle research and conservation and looks into how we define success. Other articles address trends such as emerging changes to sea turtle nesting distribution, innovation in sea turtle conservation and biology, and challenges and possible solutions to increasing coastal development. 


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SWOT Report, Vol. VIII (2013)

Explores obstacles to conservation and offers practical suggestions for how to overcome them. The report's Special Feature discusses the challenge of persuading people to take action for sea turtle conservation. Other articles address challenges such as fundraising, data standardization, studying turtles at sea, and more.


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SWOT Report, Vol. VII (2012)

Features the world's healthiest and most threatened sea turtle populations. Other highlights include articles about sea turtle ecotourism best practices, new bycatch mitigation technology, leatherback migrations, marine protected areas, and much more.


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SWOT Report, Vol. VI (2011)

Features the world's healthiest and most threatened sea turtle populations. Other highlights include articles about sea turtle ecotourism best practices, new bycatch mitigation technology, leatherback migrations, marine protected areas, and much more.


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Reporte SWOT, Vol. VI (en Español, 2011)

Contiene los primeros mapas globales de la anidación de la tortuga verde, sus cepas genéticas, y su distribución en el mar. Otros aspectos interesantes son artículos sobre el derrame de petróleo en el Golfo de México, un programa de conservación inovadora en Nicaragua, y los métodos diferentes de asignar valor a una tortuga.


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SWOT Report, Vol. V (2010)

Features the first-ever map of global olive and Kemp’s ridley nesting data, genetic stocks, and in-water distribution. Other highlights include articles about studying sea turtles at sea, turtle excluder devices (TEDs), and changing human behaviors for conservation.


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SWOT Report, Vol. IV (2009)

Features the first-ever map of global flatback nesting data, genetic stocks, and in-water distribution. Other highlights include articles about why leatherback populations vary globally, how retail sales help communities and sea turtles in Brazil, and how fishermen are aiding conservation efforts in Canada.


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SWOT Report, Vol. III (2008)

Features the first-ever map of global hawksbill nesting data. Other highlights include articles about the problem of plastics, the hawksbill’s distinctive diet, and how hotels in Florida are helping to save sea turtles.


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Rapport SWOT, Vol. III (en français, 2008)

Mettant en scène la première illustration de SWOT (et du monde) des sites de nidification de la tortue imbriquée. D'autres points d'intérêt sont le problème du plastique, le régime alimentaire particulier des tortues imbriquées, et comment deux hôteliers en Floride aident à protéger les tortues marines.

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Reporte SWOT, Vol. III (en Español, 2008)

Contiene el primer mapa global de datos de anidación de la tortuga carey. Otros aspectos interesantes son artículos sobre los peligros de plástico, la peculiar dieta de la carey, y como los hoteles en Florida ayudan a salvar las tortugas marinas.


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SWOT Report, Vol. II (2007)

Features the first-ever map of global loggerhead nesting data and an improved map of leatherback nesting data. Other highlights include articles about sea turtles in the Middle East, loggerhead genetics, and curbing the Balinese sea turtle trade.


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SWOT Report, Vol. I (2006)

Features the first-ever map of global leatherback nesting data. Other highlights include articles about Costa Rica’s strides forward in marine conservation, protecting turtles at nesting beaches, and how the right incentives can drive wildlife conservation.