Sea Turtles

The Successful Sea Turtle Symposium at Stetson

          Prior to the Consultative Committee’s meeting, Ms. Veronica Caceres, the treaty Secretariat Pro-Tempore, came to visit St. Petersburg’s Stetson University to participate in the Sea Turtle Symposium held by the university’s law school. The event’s moderator Professor Roy Gardner, who spearheaded the project, created a forum of five speakers to …

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Inter-American Sea Turtle Convention and Secretariat Visit Tampa Bay this Summer

  As long-time readers of Sustany®’s blogs may recall, last summer was an interesting time for the Tampa Bay area’s marine interests and their relationship with the Inter-American Sea Turtle Convention. The Inter-American Sea Turtle Convention, or IAC, is an international organization based on a treaty between fifteen Contracting Parties dedicated to the conservation of …

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Conclusion of the COP6 of the IAC: Host Proposals

In conclusion, a final host proposal was unfortunately not decided upon during the sixth Conference of the Parties. However, the COP did make progress on the legal personality issue, with parties’ supporting option 2: a hosting arrangement that established a Permanent Secretariat under national law. Stetson’s proposal to host remains viable under this option.  Most …

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Sixth Conference of the Parties: Day Two

The second day of the Inter-American Convention’s Sixth Conference began with the Consultative Committee of Experts Report.  The Consultative Committee is comprised of elected sea turtle experts who come from three fields: related non-governmental organizations, marine industry members, and oceanographic scientists. The committee pursues leading research studies relating to sea turtles in order to make …

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