1 PROGR 33 rd Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation Baltimore, Maryland, USA 2-8 February 2013 "Connections"
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4 33 rd ANNUAL SEA TURTLE SYMPOSIUM COMMITTEE CHAIRS AND KEY ORGANIZERS President Past President Symposium Coordinator Treasurer Secretary Internet Communications Coordinator Baltimore Symposium Registrar Public Relations Fundraising Nominations Committee Program Chairs Program Committee Coordinators Program Committee Poster Session Chairs Student Judge Committee ISTS Awards Committee Exhibitor/Vendor Chair Auction Co-Chairs Activity Coordinator Volunteer Co-Chairs Student Committee Proceedings Coordinators Printed Program Africa Regional Meeting Indian Ocean & Southeast Asia Regional Meeting RETOMALA (Latin American Meeting) WIDECAST (Caribbean) Regional Meeting Mediterranean Regional Meeting Pacific Island Meeting Terrapin, Tortoise & Freshwater Turtle Meeting Statistics & Data Analysis Workshop Dive Behavior & Data Analysis Workshop Sea turtle Medicine Workshop NMFS-Permit Workshop Cultivating Resilience: Processes And Skills Workshop Travel Grant Committee Chair Regional Chairs Ray Carthy Ana Barragán Donna Broadbent Terry Meyer Manjula Tiwari Michael Coyne Rick Herren Wallace J. Nichols Elena Finkbeiner, Ingrid Yanez Andres Estrades Kelly Stewart, Michael Jensen & Kristen Hart DuBose Griffin, Katy Garland Sarah Milton, Brian Stacy, Heather Harris, Mike James, Kim Reich, Larry Wood, Catherine McClellan, Cynthia Lagueux, Stephen Dunbar, Sara Maxwell, Angela Formia, Rhema Bjorkland, Sheila Miller, Becca Lewison, Andy Coleman, Kartik Shanker, Meg Lamont, Erik Martin, Jason Van de Merwe, J Nichols, Joanna Alfaro, Mariana Fuentes, George Shillinger, Donna Shaver, Suzanne Livingstone, David Waayers, Andrea Phillott, Brian Shamblin, Nancy FitzSimmons, Bill Kendall, Mike Frick, Hoyt Peckham, Lekelia Jenkins, Blair Witherington Jane Provancha, Barbara Schroeder Matthew Godfrey, Andrea Phillott Sally Murphy Janet Hochella Jennifer Homcy, Marina Zucchini Emma Harrison Hannah Vander Zanden, Joe Pfaller Itzel Sifuentes, Annelisse Ibarra Tony Tucker, Lisa Belskis, Aliki Panagopoulou, ALan Rees, Mike Frick, Kris Williams, Robin LeRoux Kelly Stewart, Michael Jensen Manjula Tiwari, Jacques Fretey, Angela Formia Lalith Ekanayake, Nadia Swidan Juan Manuel Rodriguez, Ninive Espinosa, Rocio Alvarez Karen L. Eckert Paolo Casale Irene Kinan Kelly Chuck Schaffer Tomo Eguchi Elizabeth Whitman, Junichi Okuyama Daniela Freggi, Leigh Clayton Amy Hapeman Dr. Elena Mustakova-Possardt Alexander Gaos Angela Formia (Africa), Karen Eckert (Caribbean, English), Emma Harrison (Mexico, Central America and Spanish speaking Caribbean), Aliki Panagopoulou (Europe), ALan Rees (Middle East), Alejandro Fallabrino (South America), Kartik Shanker (South Asia), Nicolas Pilcher (Southeast Asia/Pacific), Kelly Stewart (USA and Canada)
5 WELCOME Welcome to Baltimore, Maryland, for "Connections," the 33 rd Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation. I m really glad you made it! A little over thirty three years ago and 40 miles away in Washington D.C., the World Conference on Sea Turtle Conservation was held. The three hundred plus attendees from over forty countries opened lines of communication to share knowledge on the biology of sea turtles and talk about local, regional and global conservation priorities and strategies. Their visionary efforts were part of the groundswell of interest and activity that led to the first Sea Turtle Conference in Jacksonville, Florida seventeen months later, and that brings us to Baltimore today. Our community of biologists and conservationists has grown, with over one thousand participants from more than eighty-one countries attending this Symposium. The annual meeting has moved around the world, yet still has prospects of visiting new places and bringing its influence to other regions. Our methods of maintaining and nurturing our connections with each other have evolved with time and technology, and make the world seem a smaller place. A question that may have taken weeks to get a response is now answered when the sun rises several time zones away. Still, we are each in our own place, striving to understand and conserve animals that respect different temporal and geographical boundaries, and the Symposium affords each participant invaluable, intimate connections to collective knowledge and new insights. Exploring the ecological linkages that sea turtles have with their environments, whether out of scientific curiosity or with a eye to conservation, gives us a relevance and context within the global ecosystem and with each other. Our meeting location in Baltimore places us on the Chesapeake Bay, the largest watershed on the east coast of North America, and an important foraging area for loggerhead and Kemp s ridley turtles. Leatherbacks and green turtles are seasonal visitors. The outreach and educational activities planned for the meeting will highlight the presence of sea turtles in the Bay and the myriad environmental issues that impact the watershed. Our proximity to Washington, D.C. will bring participants into contact with the U.S. management agencies that set national policies with global implications for sea turtle conservation, and by giving the agencies access to the meeting, will facilitate exchange of ideas and concerns. Many national and international non-governmental organizations, some headquartered in the National Capital Region, will be participating in the Symposium to learn as well as share activities and burning issues. Our partner in hosting the Symposium this year is the National Aquarium in Baltimore, and in recognition of complementary goals of the International Sea Turtle Society, they have
6 generously shared their facilities and staff. In conjunction with the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center, National Aquarium staff is helping to implement our local educational outreach activities. This year the pre-program kicks off with our Regional Meetings, some special workshops, and an extended Terrapin, Tortoise & Freshwater Turtle Meeting. Tuesday promises something different, with the Welcome followed by three special sessions aimed progressively at connecting with information (what we know and what we need to know), linking to tested strategies as a way forward, and finally, connecting to ourselves to better meet the challenges of our work. Some of these sessions will be attended by local schools and webcast, and our Exhibitor/Vendor area and Posters will be open to the public on specific days to share our interests with the Baltimore community. Talks and Poster Sessions will fill the rest of the week along with traditional activities and some new ones. You'll see student and international participation as strong themes throughout the meeting. Our meeting schedule is full and exciting, but I encourage you to take a little time to explore what Baltimore and the National Capitol Region have to offer. Whether it's your thirty-third or first Symposium, pull on a sweater, take notes and enjoy what my hard-working Program and Event Staff has prepared. They do it for sea turtles, to connect all of you. A warm welcome to Baltimore! Raymond R. Carthy President, International Sea Turtle Society
7 THE 2013 SYMPOSIUM LOGO & CARBON OFFSETS This year s Symposium theme, Connections, is reflected in the simple and elegant logo created by talented artist and illustrator, Dawn Witherington. The circular and linear logo formats that adorn this Program, the venue, the t-shirts, and your participant gifts consist of three linked, recurring elements: the turtle, the human, and the biosphere. Remove any one, literally or figuratively, and the others become disconnected and unsupported you get the picture. Dawn designed this stunning graphic that aptly represents both the connections that we share, and the Vision and Mission of our International Sea Turtle Society (ISTS): ISTS Vision The ISTS envisions a global network of diverse peoples, professions and cultures sharing knowledge, ideas and inspiration to ensure healthy sea turtle populations worldwide. ISTS Mission The ISTS brings people together to promote the exchange of information that advances the global knowledge of sea turtle biology and conservation. Great work Dawn - your talent, vision and generosity are deeply appreciated by all! The ISTS has teamed up with Maryland-based nonprofit Carbonfund.org to reduce the 2013 symposium's carbon footprint by donating to offset the symposium's on-site footprint and giving each attendee the option to make a donation to offset his or her own (and others') travel-related footprint. This marks the first formal effort to reduce negative impacts of the symposium, and we hope to continue this effort for future meetings. All aspects of the symposium, including travel, shipments, and hotel and meeting room energy use, were considered when estimating the total carbon footprint, which will be updated after a final tally of attendee and hotel room numbers. All donations will be forwarded to Carbonfund.org to support third-party-certified carbon emission offset programs, and those who have donated to offset their footprint will receive a special stamp on their name badge in recognition of that contribution. For those who have not yet donated, it s not too late! Offset donations can be made throughout the duration of the meeting at the registration desk. Any donation, no matter how small or large, will help the ISTS in its effort to reduce (or, better yet, entirely offset) its carbon footprint! We look forward to reducing the impact of this and future symposia and hope for increasing participation by attendees, both in reducing and offsetting their travel footprints, in years to come. Please visit Carbonfund.org to learn more about the program and for tips on reducing your own carbon footprint.
8 GENERAL INFORMATION Hotel Information The Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel is the official Symposium Hotel and Conference site. Contact information for the hotel is below. Please see the Property Map of Hotel on the inside front cover of this program. Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel 700 Aliceanna Street Baltimore, Maryland USA Phone: (410) High-speed Internet: If you booked through the ISTS website, you will receive free internet access in your guestroom. Wireless internet access is available in public areas of the hotel. There is no charge for people not staying at the Marriott to use public area internet access. There will be a free Internet Café on the Grand Ballroom level with two laptops available. Registration On-site Registration will be open at the Registration Desk, Grand Ballroom Registration Area on the third floor, during the following times: On-Site Registration Schedule: Friday, 01 Feb 3 pm-6 pm Saturday, 02 Feb 7 am-5 pm Sunday, 03 Feb 7 am-5 pm Monday, 04 Feb 7 am-5 pm Tuesday, 05 Feb 8 am-5 pm Wednesday, 06 Feb 9 am-5 pm Thursday, 07 Feb 9 am-5 pm Friday, 08 Feb 9 am-12 NOON Attendee Name Badge It is important that name badges be worn for each session. Without a name badge, you will not gain entry to the meeting rooms or poster sessions. Poster Display and Presentations This year there will be a single poster session for the whole symposium. It will be located in the Harborside Ballroom on the fourth floor along with the Exhibitors and Vendors. Poster set-up will be between 3 pm and 7 pm on Monday February 4 th. Poster viewing will be open Tuesday (5 th ) from 9 am to 7 pm, Wednesday (6 th ) from 9 am to 7 pm, Thursday (7 th ) from 9 am to 7 pm and Friday (8 th ) from 9 am to 12 pm. As usual there will be three "Meet with Poster Authors" sessions: Tuesday February 5 th from 5 pm to 6:30 pm (all presenters), Wednesday (6 th ) from 5 pm to 6:30 pm (STUDENTS ONLY), and Thursday (7 th ) from 5 pm to 6:30 pm (all presenters). You are expected to be at your poster during these times to answer questions. Each of these poster sessions will be accompanied by a cash bar social. Posters must be taken down by 2 pm on Friday (8 th ). As something new this year poster viewing will be open to the public on Tuesday, Thursday,
9 Oral Presentation Uploads and Presentations Please upload your oral presentation the night before your talk with your session co-chairs in the Presenters Room (Boardroom) on the third floor from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm Monday through Thursday. Presenters may practice their talks in the Presenters Room from 8 am to 5 pm Tuesday through Thursday, and 8 am to 10 am on Friday. Coffee Breaks Coffee breaks each day will be held in the Harborside Foyer. Food At the hotel, food and beverages are available at the Grille 700, Kozmo s Lounge, Rigano s Bakery and Deli and Starbucks. There are also several food options in walking distance from the hotel (see to search for restaurants and bars). Social and Banquet Tickets If you have purchased social/banquet admission, they will be on the back of your name badge. They cannot be replaced if they are lost. In order to gain entry to the Welcome Social or Farewell Banquet, you will be required to show your ticket at the door. If you have already purchased these tickets and your plans change, you are free to seek out other individuals who may be willing to purchase your tickets from you. The ISTS cannot refund fees as a count guarantee has already been given to the hotel and appropriate amounts of food and beverages purchased. The Welcome Social will be held on Monday night (4 th ) at the National Aquarium starting at 7 pm. The aquarium is located a short walk from the hotel. The Farewell Banquet, Awards Ceremony, and Live Music will take place from 7:30 pm to 12 am on Friday (8 th ) in the Grand Ballroom. Adventures from the Field Adventures from the field is a new event at the symposium. It is an opportunity for people to share their fun, scary, crazy, tough stories of doing sea turtle fieldwork in remote, amazing locations. This year it will be combined with the student mixer to give students and experienced turtlers a chance to meet each other and establish contact for a future work together. Adventures from the field will take place in Grand Ballroom 5 (GB 5) from 7 pm to 11 pm on Tuesday (5 th ). Speed Chatting with Turtle Experts This fundraising event aims to provide a means for symposium newcomers and veterans alike to spend time chatting with a stellar collection of turtle enthusiasts and ISTS Symposium veterans. This event is intended to be the ice-breaker for getting to know people you ve always wanted to meet but have never approached. Speed chatting takes place from 6 pm to 8 pm in the Harborside Foyer on the fourth floor on Wednesday (6 th ). Speed chatters will be asked for a $5 donation that will go toward student travel for the next symposium. Video Night The video night has been running for several years and has become a popular event at the symposium. Video night attracts a large crowd, and it is always a fun evening, with a variety of different multi-media presentations. Video night is from 8 pm to 11 pm on Wednesday (6 th ) and will be held at the Grand Ballroom 6 (GB 6).
10 Education/Public Activities In a multi-faceted approach ISTS is sponsoring: a sea turtle art contest in the Baltimore schools, a teachers and educators workshop conducted by the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center and hosted at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, school visits by ISTS conference participants, Symposium attendance by Baltimore school children and teachers, and live streaming of special sessions to local schools and universities (with American Sign Language translation). Making a local impact has become a really important part of ISTS Symposia, and we invite you to participate in this effort. Many of us got started in sea turtles by connecting with the animals through other people, so take some time as you move between sessions, posters and coffee breaks to engage young students and visitors, answer their questions, and share what you do and how you got here. Silent and Live Auction Silent and Live Auction items should be brought to the Grand Ballroom Salons 1-4 (GB 1-4) (please see the inside of the front cover for the property map). The Silent Auction will be open for viewers and bidders from 9 am to 5 pm on Tuesday (5 th ), 9 am to 5 pm on Wednesday (6 th ), and 9 am to 2 pm on Thursday (7 th ). Bids for Silent Auction items will be received only until 2 pm sharp. So, be sure that your preferred items have your bid as the last and highest bid on the page this means you win! The Live Auction will be held on Thursday (7 th ) from 8 pm to 12 am in the Grand Ballroom. The Live Auction evening is a casual and social event with lots of fun, cheer, and competition! Veteran bidders compete with fresh hands and try to outbid each other for all shapes and forms of donated collectibles. The Live Auction is a firmly entrenched fundraising tradition not to be missed. We encourage all delegates, sponsors, and exhibitors to donate items for the Silent and Live Auctions. Proceeds from both auctions contribute to the travel grants for the next symposium. Donated items are often rare treasures! We encourage people to visit the Silent Auction and attend the live one to bid on these valuable turtle trinkets! Exhibitors/Vendors The symposium Exhibitors/Vendors will be set up in the Harborside Ballroom on the fourth floor along with the poster display and presentations. Attendees are welcome to view the Vendor/Exhibitor display anytime Tuesday (5 th ) from 9 am to 7 pm, Wednesday (6 th ) from 9 am to 7 pm, Thursday (7 th ) from 9 am to 7 pm and Friday (8 th ) from 9 am to 12 pm. Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring In partnership with the Island Community through public education and cooperation, it is the mission of the Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring to assure a suitable habitat for people, sea turtles & shorebirds, the ecosystem of the island and its surrounding waters. Their program includes staff, interns, and volunteers who have documented the status of shoreline habitat and trends in sea turtle nesting for 29 years on Manatee County Shoreline of the Gulf of Mexico in Florida. "Turtle Girls Rule" apparel sales will benefit their conservation efforts. Website: Ayotzintili A.C. for a world with sea turtles Founded only 4 years ago, the ONG's Ayotzintli for a world with sea turtles, is a Mexican organization founded to raise awareness about sea turtle conservation importance through information campaigns and environmental education and developing Sea Turtle Conservancy Dedicated to the conservation of sea turtles since 1959 through research, training, advocacy, grants, education, and the protection of habitat, the Sea Turtle Conservancy (formerly the Caribbean Conservation Corporation) headquartered in Gainesville, FL will offer free educational materials, newsletters, and other informational resources. Of special note, STC will have available a new release of Archie Carr's The Windward Road, out of print for quite some time. Website: Sea Turtle Foundation Sea Turtle Foundation is a non-profit, non-government group working to protect sea turtles through research, education and action. Their mission is: Safeguarding sea turtle populations, migration routes and habitats, and supporting activities that increase sea turtle numbers worldwide. Website:
11 conservation programs in nesting beach communities. They are offering alternative eco-tourism growth and economic development, cultural and social development of the communities. They will be selling local handmade crafts to benefit their projects and will provide information on their workshops for women, work with children and young people, and their Mexican Pacific coastal community volunteer programs. Website: Bangladesh Environment and Development Society BEDS is a non-profit, non-government, research and implementation organization working on environment and development at local and regional levels in Bangladesh through local initiatives and participation. Some of its efforts include Environmental Education among school students; Tree Plantation involving teachers-students and local communities; Mangrove Regeneration; Endangered and Critically Endangered Species such as Tiger, Turtle, Crocodile, Dolphin, Birds, Monitor Lizard, Gharial; Sundarbans Biodiversity Conservation; and Man-Wildlife Conflict Minimization. Website: Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program BBPP will be offering jewelry hand-crafted by the locals of Bioko Island as well as their award winning children's book, Moon Over Bioko; Sea Turtles of Bioko Island available in English and Spanish. New this year is the companion Sea Turtles of Bioko Island Activity Book (English and Spanish) and their logo T-shirts. Conference participants can also visit BBPP's table to learn more about the Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program study abroad and volunteer opportunities. Website: Canadian Sea Turtle Network The Canadian Sea Turtle Network (CSTN) is a non-profit organization involving scientists, commercial fishermen, and coastal community members that work to conserve endangered sea turtles in Canadian waters and worldwide. With emphasis on the Atlantic Leatherback and with their close working relationship with fishermen, CSTN will share its conservation successes and important research findings. Website: Center for Biological Diversity The Center for Biological Diversity works through science, law, and creative media to secure a future for all species, great or small, hovering on the brink of extinction. It is their belief that the welfare of human beings is deeply linked to nature to the existence in our world of a vast diversity of wild animals and plants. Because diversity has intrinsic value, and because its loss impoverishes society, they work to secure a future for all species with a focus on protecting the lands, waters and climate that species need to survive. Website: CLS America, Inc. CLS America, Inc. operates the Argos System which is an extremely robust satellite data collection and location system especially designed for harsh environments. Marine animals, land animals, and birds are monitored worldwide. Designed for and with its scientific users, Argos is the only satellite-based system dedicated to monitoring and protecting the environment. The CLS America booth will provide information on Argos data collection Sea Turtle Restoration Project STRP s mission is to protect and restore endangered sea turtles and marine biodiversity worldwide in ways that incorporate the ecological needs of marine species and the economic needs of local communities, both of which share our common marine environment. They accomplish their mission through grassroots and policy-maker education, consumer empowerment, strategic litigation and by promoting sustainable local, national and international marine policies. Website: Sea Turtles 911 A Hawaiian non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation and rescue of sea turtles. Sea Turtles 911 focuses its efforts in China on Hainan Island, where critically endangered Hawksbill and Green sea turtles are injured, while being sold for shell and meat. They will share their challenging efforts to save sea turtles in China through their internship and volunteer program. Website: Sirtrack Sirtrack are specialists in the design and manufacture of customized tracking solutions. Reliable and robust, their products have been used in various wildlife research applications, in more than seventy countries worldwide. Sirtrack will be exhibiting Sea Turtle tracking equipment. Website: Society for Conservation Biology SCB is an international professional organization dedicated to promoting the scientific study of the phenomena that affect the maintenance, loss, and restoration of biological diversity. The Society's membership comprises a wide range of people interested in the conservation and study of biological diversity: resource managers, educators, government and private conservation workers, and students make up the more than 5,000 members world-wide. Website: SWOT The State of the World's Sea Turtles is a partnership among Oceanic Society, the IUCN Marine Turtle Specialist Group (MTSG), Duke University s OBIS-SEAP, and an ever-growing international team of local organizations, scientists and conservationists. Together, this powerful group the SWOT Team seeks to create 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. Website: Tampa Bay Green Consortium The Tampa Bay Green Consortium (TBGC), through strategic alliances and partnerships with environmental organizations, provides the guidance, resources, and tools to help increase environmental awareness within the Tampa community. TBGC promotes the sharing of knowledge and resources needed for environment development and projects; increases effectiveness of environmental initiatives; and promotes a conservation culture with Tampa Bay, Florida. Website:
12 and location services for animal tracking. Websites: CRC Press/Taylor and Francis LLC Taylor & Francis Group partners with researchers, scholarly societies, universities, and libraries worldwide to bring knowledge to life. As one of the world s leading publishers of scholarly journals, books, ebooks, and reference works, their content spans all areas of Humanities, Social Sciences, Behavioral Sciences, Science, and Technology. Website: CTL CTL products and systems are developed by teams that are experienced in fisheries and environmental management. Their technical solutions are offered alongside the wide range of research and consultancy processes and services that Cefas offers. Acceleration, bigger memory, and longer battery life have now been added to their World leading Data Storage Tag (DST) range. Website: Desert Star Systems LLC Desert Star designs and manufactures underwater electronic solutions for the tracking of marine animals, scuba divers, and remotely operated vehicles. Desert Star's family of electronic animal tags, SeaTag, differ greatly from other electronic tags in that they are powered primarily through a stored solar system, use Earth's magnetic field for significantly improved positioning, and cost nearly half as much. The SeaTag family consists of a 29g pop-up satellite tag, a modular pop-up satellite tag, a small geolocation only archival tag, and a variety of others. Website: Eco Maniac Company Eco Maniac Company, based in Virginia Beach, VA, is a womanowned and run business on a mission: To help our environment by offering eco-friendly products that can be used and reused in everyday life to help reduce single use plastics. Eco Maniac will feature fun and creatively designed products that fulfill this mission. With special consideration of sea turtles, eco-friendly sea turtle themed products will be offered with a portion of the proceeds going to various sea turtle conservation efforts. Website: Inwater Research Group IRG was formed in 2001 by a small group of biologists to fill the need for basic population studies of wildlife in coastal habitats throughout Florida. With their mission to provide the scientific community and general public with information to promote conservation of coastal and marine species and their habitats, the organization welcomes discussion on their research and conservation projects including the BP Oil spill and their most recent scientific publications. Website: Johns Hopkins University Press (Terrapin, Tortoise, & Freshwater Turtle Meeting and Harborside) A leader and innovator in scholarly publishing since 1878, the Johns Hopkins University Press publishes and distributes books, journals, and online collections for a worldwide audience of students, professionals, and general readers. Tecolutla Turtle Preservation Project Proof that one person CAN make a difference can be found in a small fishing village in Mexico. From the age of 16 and now thirty five years later, Fernando Manzano continues to dedicate his life to bringing Kemp's Ridley sea turtles back from the edge of extinction. Papa Tortuga's efforts have made a remarkable impact on the population of this critically endangered species as well as on his community. TTPP supports the work of his non-profit organization, Vida Milenaria. T-Shirts and sea turtle adoptions will be available to support the cause. Telonics Telonics, Inc. produces radio-tracking equipment used in research on sea turtles, marine mammals, terrestrial mammals, and reptiles. Equipment available includes conventional VHF, GPS, Argos, and Spread Spectrum technologies. Website: Texas Sea Grant Texas Sea Grant is a unique partnership that unites the resources of the federal government, the State of Texas and universities across the state to create knowledge, tools, products and services that benefit the economy, the environment and the citizens of Texas. Texas Sea Grant s mission is to improve the understanding, wise use and stewardship of Texas coastal and marine resources. To achieve this mission, Texas Sea Grant develops and supports research, education and outreach programs and partnerships and relies on the public for knowledge, advice and guidance. Website: The Ocean Foundation TOF is a unique community foundation with a mission to support, strengthen, and promote those organizations dedicated to reversing the trend of destruction of ocean environments around the world. Their slogan is "Tell Us What You Want to Do for the Ocean, We Will Take Care of the Rest." TOF works with a community of donors who care about the coasts and oceans. In this manner, they grow the financial resources available to support marine conservation in order to promote healthy ocean ecosystems and benefit the human communities that depend on them. Many of the projects that they promote will be represented in their exhibiting space. Website: Turtlely Inspired From the collection of a turtle enthusiast, conservationist, and volunteer, items with a turtle theme will abound in this vendor space. Turtle items from past sea turtle meetings will be among the eclectic, one-of-a-kind turtle assortment displayed by Janet Hochella. Turtles In Clay Soon after leaving his position as a biologist with the Fish and Wildlife Service in Alaska, Dr. Jackson discovered and became enthralled with ceramics. Over the last 12 years he has received instruction and inspiration from many potters in North Carolina and adjacent areas. Most of his work has incorporated his passion for marine turtles. The turtle pottery pieces are magnificent for display and functional to use.
13 Website: Karumbé (Terrapin, Tortoise, & Freshwater Turtle Meeting and Harborside) Karumbé (which means turtle in the native Guaraní language) is a Uruguayan non-profit NGO that unites a group of researchers, conservationists, fishermen and students. Their mission is to protect endangered marine biodiversity, mainly sea turtles and their habitats, by promoting the sustainable development of fishing communities and looking for alternatives to reduce the impact of human activities on marine animals. Karumbé s work includes research, environmental education and conservation activities, as well as collaborations with other organizations and institutions at both local and global levels. Website: Loggerhead Instruments Loggerhead Instruments pioneered long-term underwater acoustic recordings for monitoring of underwater noise and animal sounds. Loggerhead has just released OpenTag, the first in a line of open source datalogging oceanographic sensors. OpenTag integrates a depth and temperature sensor with a 3Daccelerometer, 3D-magnetometer, and 3D-gyroscope, to fully characterize underwater 3D motion. All of the software and hardware is open source and Arduino compatible. OpenTag is available as circuit boards or potted in epoxy with a rechargeable lithium battery. Website: Nature Conservation Egypt (Terrapin, Tortoise, & Freshwater Turtle Meeting and Harborside) Founded in 2005, Nature Conservation Egypt (NCE) is a nongovernment organization that is dedicated to the conservation of Egypt's natural heritage and the promotion of its sustainable use for the benefit of the present and future generations. Website: https://sites.google.com/site/natconegy/ NOAA NOAA Fisheries Office of Protected Resources, Regional Offices, and Science Centers work to conserve, protect, and recover sea turtles under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other partners. We will have information on our programs and education materials available while supplies last. NOAA staff will be available to discuss our programs and your scientific permit applications. Website: Pentair Aquatic Eco-Systems Pentair Aquatic Eco-Systems is proud to provide services to the aquarium and zoo industries through Pentair WaterLife Design Group, a design, engineering, consulting and construction team servicing the public zoo, aquarium and aquaculture industries. Whether you need a rehabilitation facility or life support system designed and installed or if you already have an LSS that needs improvement or expansion, Pentair Aquatic Eco-Systems has the expertise to provide you with the best designs. They value quality, efficiency and completeness in order to provide better long-term solutions. Website: Wildlife Computers Wildlife Computers is a leader in employing archival, GPS, and satellite telemetry technologies to design and manufacture tags that enhance knowledge in marine animal behavioral science. With over 25 years of experience partnering with researchers, bringing the community together, and developing new technology, Wildlife Computers takes pride in its unique role in advancing science around the world. Wildlife Computer representatives will be available for discussion of how to utilize their tags to get the data you need. Stop by to ask questions on data analysis and visualization while viewing display tags. Tag options include Fastloc GPS, Argos-linked satellite, pop-up (PAT), and archival tags, all with a variety of sensor possibilities and shape configurations. Website: Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Association - Guatemala ARCAS is a non-profit Guatemalan NGO formed in 1989 by a group of Guatemalan citizens who became concerned as they saw their precious natural heritage - especially their wildlife - rapidly disappearing. Since the establishment of the Rescue Center in Peten, ARCAS has branched out into other activities including environmental education, protected areas management, and marine turtle conservation. On the Pacific coast of the country, it manages two sea turtle hatcheries and collects very important crawl count and ambient data, and is working with the Guatemalan government to establish the 4,000 hectare Hawaii protected area. Website: World Society for the Protection of Animals WSPA is one of the world s leading animal welfare organizations. For more than 30 years, it has exposed and opposed the suffering of animals in the wild, in our communities, in disasters and on farms. Today, working with governments, NGOs and local communities in more than 50 countries, WSPA continues to work passionately, responsibly and sustainably to change animals lives for the better. The organization also acts at a global level, using its United Nations consultative status, to give animals a voice. Website: WWF WWF has been working on marine turtle conservation for over 50 years, since its inception in As threats to these fascinating and unique species increase, the next 10 years of conservation work will be critical to ensure they continue to inhabit our seas and visit our beaches. WWF hopes to join efforts with the rest of the turtle conservation movement to best meet these challenges together. Website: ne_turtles/
16 ISTS WORKSHOPS MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4 TH FROM 9 3 GRAND BALLROOM 5 SEA TURTLE MEDICINE Organizers: Daniela Freggi & Leigh Clayton ISTS WORKSHOPS Striving for Success: from the simple to the sophisticated A successful sea turtle rehabilitation program depends on integrating multiple aspects of animal care as well as developing support within the local community. Vets and care personnel are integral to this process at every level of organizational growth and to them this workshop would be address. The workshop will highlight the importance of developing strong basic skills (the so-called simple aspects of success) and how these relate to pursing other levels of care (the so-called sophisticated ). The full-day workshop will combine a series of short lectures with an open forum format to allow for free-flowing discussion between lecturers and attendees and it will be divided into 3 lectures in the morning followed by an open discussion, a short lunch break, and three lectures in the afternoon followed by a second open discussion. MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4 TH FROM 8 3 GRAND BALLROOM 8 DIVE BEHAVIOR & DATA ANALYSIS Organizers: Elizabeth Whitman & Junichi Okuyama This inaugural workshop serves as an opportunity to explore the applications of sea turtle dive behavior analysis and the advantages and disadvantages of different types of data analysis. During the past few decades much work has been done on the study of marine turtle dive behavior to better understand their diel behavioral patterns, habitat use and energy management strategy. However, due to a multitude of tag technologies and data collection configurations, and the use of different field methodologies and analytical approaches, results cannot easily be compared and there is a need for a unifying strategy for dive studies. Let s come together to explore the possible applications of studying dive behavior and to reduce subjectivity when analyzing our data. We will hear from researchers currently using these techniques and methods as well as from representatives of software and instrument companies. Part one of the workshop will cover three main topics in successional sessions with individual presentations from experts followed by panel discussions. In part two of the workshop concurrent practical sessions will include focus group discussions, attending the Statistics Workshop where the afternoon session will cover statistical analysis of actual dive data sets, or participate in instrument and software demonstrations.
17 ISTS WORKSHOPS MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4 TH FROM 8 3 ESSEX C STATISTICS & DATA ANALYSIS Organizer: Tomo Eguchi In this workshop, we will discuss statistical techniques that are not taught in basic statistics classes, thereby expanding our analytical toolbox. As biologists, we are familiar with t-tests, ANOVAs, linear regressions, and correlations. There are, however, many other statistical techniques that can be used to analyze our data. We will explore analyses of different kinds of datasets that are commonly collected in marine turtle research. These datasets include capture-mark-recapture data from a nesting beach or foraging ground (estimating survival rates, remigration intervals, and abundance), time-series dive profiles collected via archival time-depth recorders (classifying dive types), repeated measurements of body size over time (fitting a growth curve), and stable isotope ratios from tissue samples (assigning individuals to groups). We expect this workshop to be a mixture of lecture and hands-on sessions. MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4 TH FROM 1 3 ESSEX A/B NMFS-PERMIT WORKSHOP Organizer: Amy Hapeman The National Marine Fisheries Service, Office of Protected Resources, Permits and Conservation Division will host a workshop before the 2013 ISTS in Baltimore on ESA permitting for inwater research on sea turtles. This workshop is geared toward researchers who are looking to apply for a permit or modify an existing permit. It will cover: The permit application process, Tips for submitting an application, and An introduction to our online permit database and application system (APPS). This workshop is applicable to foreign and national researchers working in U.S. waters and U.S. citizens working in international waters. Attendance is free.
18 WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6 TH FROM 9 12 GRAND BALLROOM 7/8 Workshop, February 6, 9am to 12pm ISTS WORKSHOPS CULTIVATING RESILIENCE: PROCESSES AND SKILLS Organizer: Dr. Elena Mustakova-Possardt ISTS WORKSHOPS This workshop will build on the ideas presented in the talk on Understanding Resilience, and will offer a mindfulness-based approach to cultivating internal processes and self-regulation skills that support resilience. We will draw on new knowledge in neuropsychology and energy psychology and will explore practical applications that can provide conservationists with an additional sense of skill and power in facing the challenges of their professional calling.
20 MONDAY FEBRUARY 4 TH AT-A-GLANCE Sea Turtle Medicine Workshop GB 5 9:00 am-3:00 pm Statistics & Data Analysis Workshop Essex C 8:00 am-3:00 pm Dive Behavior & Data Analysis Workshop GB 8 8:00 am-3:00 pm NMFS-Permit Workshop Essex A-B 1:00 pm-3:00 pm Lunch 12:00 pm-1:30 pm Mediterranean Regional GB 9 8:00 am-12:00 pm IOSEA Regional GB 10 8:00 am-12:00 pm Africa Regional Laurel A-C 9:00 am-5:00 pm Pacific Islands Regional & Partners GB 7 1:00 pm-3:00 pm 2 nd Annual East Asia Regional Meeting Essex A-B 9:00 am-12:00 pm MTSG GB :30 pm-6:30 pm Meet with Session Chairs/ Oral Presentation Upload Boardroom 5:30 pm-6:30 pm Poster Put Up, Vender Set Up Harborside 3:00 pm-7:00 pm Opening Social National Aquarium 7:00 pm-9:00 pm