International Sea Turtle Symposium, April 10- 17, 2014, New Orleans, LA
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The 34th Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation will be held on 10-17 April 2014 in the City of New Orleans, Louisiana, hosted by the International Sea Turtle Society (ISTS). The ISTS is an organization of people from around the world who are linked by their interest in sea turtle biology and their dedication to sea turtle conservation. Each year the ISTS convenes a Symposium on the Biology and Conservation of Sea Turtles, providing an opportunity to meet colleagues, learn about the latest research, and discuss ways to solve common problems. The ISTS recognizes that by forging partnerships it can have a greater influence on the future. By sharing its vision and knowledge, its mission becomes more reachable.
The Symposium is a unique event that draws participants from around the world, from across disciplines and cultures to a common interest and objective: the conservation of sea turtles and their environment. The Symposium encourages discussion, debate, and the sharing of knowledge, research techniques and lessons in conservation to address questions on the biology and conservation of sea turtles and their habitats. The Hawaii Longline Association has worked with U.S. Government researchers and managers to develop and adopt fishing gear and techniques that have dramatically reduced both the number of interactions with sea turtles and the severity of these interactions. The Symposium will provide an opportunity for HLA to share its experience with others in hopes of furthering progress in reducing sea turtle takes and mortalities from longline fishing.