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2019 State of the World's Sea Turtles Report Released

By Morrison Mast

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

Launched in Charleston, South Carolina at the 39th International Sea Turtle Symposium, the fourteenth volume of SWOT Report features a comprehensive map of sea turtle nesting and satellite telemetry data in the Mediterranean Sea, accompanied by a feature article written by many of the region's sea turtle experts which discusses the history and state of sea turtle conservation and research in this unique region.

In a continuation from last year's article and map on loggerhead turtles in the Pacific Ocean, volume XIV also presents the first comprehensive map of loggerhead turtle satellite telemetry in the Atlantic Ocean, which brings together 250,956 data points from from 399 satellite tracked turtles, contributed by 31 different projects throughout the Atlantic. An accompanying feature article on Atlantic loggerheads written by leading sea turtle experts explores why one of the best-studied sea turtle populations in the world is not recovering.

This year's report also explores the effects of red tide events on sea turtles, best practices for transporting debilitated turtles, the history of circle-hook use in Brazil, and many other stories of conservation successes and challenges from the global sea turtle community.

>> Download a copy of SWOT Report, vol. XIV 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.

A juvenile loggerhead drifts among jellyfish in the North Atlantic Ocean off of Pico Island, Azores. © Michael Patrick O'Neill

Author

Morrison Mast is an Oceanic Society naturalist and special projects manager, and has devoted his career to wildlife conservation and education. Morrison holds a dual B.S. in Biology and Environmental Policy from the College of William and Mary and is a U.S. Student Fulbright Scholar.