FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 2, 2002
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is hosting the 22nd Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation April 4-7 at the Renaissance Miami Biscayne Bay Hotel in Miami, Florida.
The theme for this year’s Symposium is "Wildlife Without Borders" in recognition of the international natural resource sea turtles represent.
Established in 1981 in Waverly, Georgia when 30 people from around the United States gathered to hear 12 presentations, the Symposium has grown into a truly international forum for the exchange of information and ideas on sea turtle biology and conservation.
Attendance at this year’s Symposium is expected to break previous records with approximately 1,000 participants from over 80 countries and over 300 oral and poster presentations.
Presentations at previous Symposiums have included: sea turtle anatomy and physiology; conservation and management techniques; genetics and evolution; nesting and foraging behavior; and public education and participation. There have also been workshops on: physical monitoring of beach nourishment sites; sea turtle anatomy and necropsy techniques; nest predation mitigation; light management on nesting beaches; and treaties, Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) and other international marine turtle conservation instruments.
A schedule of events is provided below.
Media representatives are cordially invited to cover the Symposium. Interviews with some of the world’s foremost biologists and conservationists are available, and can be arranged at the Symposium by contacting Ms. Donna Broadbent. She may be reached by hotel courtesy phone, simply ask the attendant to radio Ms. Broadbent to meet you.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 95-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System, which encompasses more than 538 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 70 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resource offices and 78 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces Federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Aid program that distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.
Prior to the Symposium --
April 2nd and 3rd (Tuesday and Wednesday) -- The Ninth Reunion of Latin American Sea Turtle Specialists and The Annual General Meeting of the Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network (WIDECAST) will meet concurrently.
April 3rd (Wednesday) -- This year for the first time, there will be a one-day meeting of Mediterranean Sea Turtle Specialists and a one-day reunion of West African Specialists prior to the symposium.
April 3rd (Wednesday) -- Check in and late registration begins at 3 p.m. We will have a social event this evening.
During the Symposium --
April 4th (Thursday) -- Check in and late registration continues at 7 am and through Saturday. Oral and poster sessions begin.
April 5th (Friday) -- A special mini-symposium of invited oral presentations on black turtles will run concurrently with the regular oral sessions. The live auction will take place starting at 8 p.m. Proceeds from the auction go to the Symposium’s U.S./Canadian student and international participants travel fund.
April 6th (Saturday) -- Oral and poster sessions continue until 3:30 p.m. Plenary session will be held from 3:30-4:30 p.m. The banquet will begin at 6:30 p.m. There will be a live dance band from 8:30 p.m. to midnight, so plan to get out on the dance floor.
Following the Symposium --
April 7th (Sunday) -- The International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources’ Marine Turtle Specialist Group Annual Meeting will take place during the morning.
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