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Loggerheads Benefit from Federal Habitat Designation

            This past week federal officials at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced a long-awaited designation of critical sea turtle habitat. This designation was made for the Loggerhead sea turtle, one of the five species of sea turtles that visit Florida costs. Officials included 685 miles of …

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Educational Sea Turtle Kiosk an Eagle Scout Project

           An Eagle Scout Project under way at Tierra Verde’s Fort DeSoto Park points up another local effort toward sea turtle conservation. Led by Life Scout Jackson S. Willis with BSA Troop 219, the project is the building of a multi-sided educational display about sea turtles, their lifecycle, and conservation efforts. Several hundred thousand visitors from …

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Dean Hogarth on Attracting Marine Treaties to Tampa Bay

        After the conclusion of the Inter-American Consultative Committee’s visit to the Tampa Bay Area and the committee’s meeting at Stetson University, Professor Roy Gardner and Mr. Robert Willis met with Dean Bill Hogarth to discuss the potential of bringing the International Sea Turtle Secretariat to the Tampa Bay area. Dean Hogarth …

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Seventh Meeting of the Consultative Committee of Experts: Part III

            As the last day drew to a close, the Consultative Committee finalized its reports and used its individual work groups to establish potential recommendations for the Conference of the Parties. The work groups will continue to draft resolutions the Convention can consider at its Conference next summer. Unfortunately, in leaving time for the closing …

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The Seventh Meeting of the Consultative Committee of Experts: Part II

The second part of meeting of the Consultative Committee began with a review of recent scientific analysis that could become part of resolutions and agreements passed by the Sea Turtle Convention in its next Conference, summer 2015. The science report showed that plastic is the most dangerous pollutant or activity to sea turtles as a …

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An Evening on the Town

After the first day of the Consultative Committee’s 7th Meeting had drawn to a close, participants returned to their hotels before heading to downtown St. Petersburg and the University of South Florida Bayboro campus. There, in the lobby of the Bill Young building, Stetson and other community members welcomed the Committee members to Tampa Bay …

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The Seventh Meeting of the Consultative Committee of Experts: Part I

The participants of the seventh meeting of the Consultative Committee arrived from across the United States and the Southern Americas to gather in Stetson’s great hall. The meeting began with a gracious welcome delivered by Stetson’s Associate Dean, Theresa Radwan, wishing the members a successful and productive meeting. The Committee Chair, Paul Hoetjes, from the …

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Students Hear Secretariat’s Sea Turtle Lecture

Ms. Veronica Caceres, Sea Turtle Secretariat, wanted to share her message of endangered sea turtles as shared natural resources of all coastal countries. Consequently, she accepted an invitation to be a guest lecturer at Shorecrest Preparatory School. She hoped to offer high school students insight into the workings of an international treaty organization and to …

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Sea Turtle Protection Advice

Following the Sea Turtle Symposium, Ms. Veronica Caceres, the International Sea Turtle Secretariat, distributed her list of pointers for beach visitors interested in the protection of sea turtles. She encouraged those in the Stetson audience to both enjoy and volunteer to protect hatching sea turtles—an exciting and moving experience. She cautioned, however, that the greatest …

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