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The International Sea Turtle Society in San Diego, April 10-16, 2011

The next generation of research and conservation

NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service

The International Sea Turtle Society will convene a four-day symposium at The Town and Country Resort & Convention Center in San Diego, CA, USA on 10-16 April 2011.

The theme of this year's meeting is The Next Generation of Research and Conservation. Throughout the week, major efforts will be made to recognize and support student contributions to the Society and to advancing research and conservation of sea turtles around the world. San Diego will feature 'Student Day', an entire symposium day with a student-only format for all oral and poster presentations intended to emphasize and strengthen the critical role students and young conservationists play in the International Sea Turtle Society. The San Diego Symposium will also host numerous activities for local school kids from throughout southern California, exposing Symposium attendees to their artwork and enthusiasm for sea turtles.

The annual symposium brings people together from all around the world (more than 800 people from over 75 countries), all dedicated to the research and conservation of sea turtles. Since 1980, this community of sea turtle biologists, conservationists, and educators has gathered to share knowledge, build capacity, network and collaborate, and ultimately to leverage conservation. The 2011 Symposium marks the return of this meeting to the U.S. for the first time in four years, and it will be the first-ever Symposium hosted on the U.S. west coast.

For over three decades, the Annual Symposium has been the focal point of building scientific knowledge of the seven species of sea turtles. These sea turtles are found throughout the world's oceans and are among the most endangered, yet poorly understood creatures of the sea. Threats to their survival, range from habitat loss (on beaches, foraging areas, and migratory routes) and hunting, to egg harvest, incidental capture in fishing gear, and the increasing buildup of plastics and other pollutants in the marine environment.

The Symposium also promotes conservation advocacy through developing Symposium Resolutions that describe the symposium membership's ideas about emerging conservation themes. These resolutions are carefully and thoughtfully drafted then directed to national governments, international wildlife management organizations, and other conservation entities around the world.

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For a list of Abstracts, Oral Presentations, Poster Presentations or Author Index, please see http://iconferences.seaturtle.org/online_program.shtml.

For more information please contact:
Jean Beasley: 910-470-2800 / Loggrhead@aol.com
Jim Milbury: 562-980-4006 / jim.milbury@noaa.gov

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