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2018 State of the World’s Sea Turtles Report Published

By Brian Hutchinson

Oceanic Society is excited to announce the publication of The State of the World’s Sea Turtles (SWOT) Report, vol. XIII, now available for download on the SWOT program website as well as in print.

Launched in Kobe, Japan at the 38th International Sea Turtle Symposium, the thirteenth volume of SWOT Report draws attention to Japan’s rich history of turtle conservation with a feature article and detailed maps of sea turtle nesting sites and abundance throughout the country.

Produced in collaboration with the Groupe Tortues Marine France, the report also contains the first maps of sea turtle nesting throughout all of France’s territories, together with an overview of France’s research and conservation efforts that span the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans.

A multi-author article on loggerhead turtles in the Pacific Ocean details the history of Pacific loggerhead research and conservation efforts, and presents the first comprehensive map of loggerhead turtle satellite telemetry in the Pacific Ocean, with more than 130,000 data points from 359 turtles, contributed by dozens of collaborating researchers.

The report also features a variety of articles on current topics in sea turtle conservation worldwide, including: pollution in the Great Barrier Reef, the current status of the Kemp’s ridley turtle, efforts to address plastic pollution, and much more.

>> Download a copy of SWOT Report, vol. XIII today!

SWOT Report is a product of the State of the World’s Sea Turtles Program that represents a global network of researchers, a cutting-edge database housed at Duke University, a grants program that supports priority conservation projects worldwide, and much more. Learn more about the SWOT Program here.

Author

Brian Hutchinson is Oceanic Society's vice president of outreach, co-founder of the State of the World's Sea Turtles Program, and program officer of the IUCN-SSC Marine Turtle Specialist Group. Brian holds a B.A. in zoology from Connecticut College, and has been working to advance global marine conservation for more than a decade.