Partners

ACOREMA

Areas Costeras y Recursos Marinos (ACOREMA) is a Peruvian non-profit organization founded in 1995 and committed with both coastal and marine conservation as well as the human well being. ACOREMA works on research and conservation of the marine biodiversity, with emphasis on marine threatened species (cetaceans, marine turtles, Humboldt penguin and marine otter) and in public awareness, environmental education, awareness and interpretation to promote public participation in actions towards conservation of coastal-marine resources resulting in a better quality of life.

Diego Amorocho

Species Program Coordinator of WWF in Latin America & the Caribbean

Biologist from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogota with a Masters in Environmental Sciences from the National University of Australia and a Doctorate in Biological Sciences from Monash University. Diego has been awarded the Molly Holman Medal for the best doctoral thesis at the Faculty of Science at Monash University in 2009. He won the 2010 Whitley Prize, known as the Conservation Oscar. Active in the research of sea turtles and their conservation in Colombia for more than 25 years. He has been Executive Director of the Center for Research in Environmental Management and Development of the Environment (CIMAD) based in Cali, Colombia and is a recognized member of the international scientific community. He is currently Vice President for the Eastern Pacific Ocean Group of IUCN / SSC Marine Turtle Specialists. He is a member of the Consultative Committee of the Inter-American Convention for the Protection of Sea Turtles (ILC). He currently serves as Coordinator of the WWF Species Program for Latin America and the Caribbean.

ASUPMATOMA A.C.

ASUPMATOMA is a non-profit organization working from 1995 on protecting and conservation of sea turtles of Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, México. This area, is the northern site of nesting for the leatherback sea turtle of the Eastern Pacific. Monitoring is currently being carried out on two beaches (San Cristóbal and El Suspiro), covering approximately 18 km.

Abilene Giseh Colín Aguilar

Director, ASUPMATOMA A.C.

Abilene is a marine biologist working with sea turtles in Los Cabos, México.

CONANP

La Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas (CONANP) is responsible for the good management and conservation of protected areas in Mexico and for priority species, including sea turtles, establishing public management policies, integrating local communities with Conservation programs and population monitoring actions both in protected status areas and in priority conservation regions (areas that are important because they are conserved but lack protection status). The National Program for the Conservation of Sea Turtles (PNCTM) has been developed from the Directorate of Priority Species for Conservation (DEPC) of the General Directorate of Regional Operations (DGOR), with 49 years of development in Mexico carrying out conservation actions (Direct and indirect) for all species of sea turtles present in Mexico.

Peter Dutton

NOAA-NMFS-SWFSC Marine Turtle Genetics Program Leader

I've been involved in leatherback conservation and research for over 30 years; currently collaborate with several groups on population genetics, fisheries by catch mitigation and conservation of Pacific leatherbacks.

ecOceanica

EcOceánica is a non-profit organization established in 2009, whose mission is to promote and contribute to the conservation and sustainability of marine ecosystems in the Southeast Pacific, with a special emphasis in Peru, through scientific research, management, environmental education and interinstitutional collaboration. EcOceánica leads projects focused on threatened species such as sharks, sea turtles and rays, benthic community ecology studies, sustainable fisheries and conservation genetics, among others. In addition to the research projeccts, ecOceánica develops a marine education program, carries out dissemination activities and elaborate educative materials, both individually and in collaboration with other institutions.

Equilibrio Azul

We are a legally incorporated NGO, we have been working in marine research and conservation in Ecuador since 2004.

Alejandro Fallabrino

Director, Karumbé

Researcher and conservationist. In 1996 participated in "V Course on Biology and Conservation of Sea Turtles" in Venezuela and in 1997, 1998 and 2000 participated as a lecturer in the same courses. He was research assistant in the project "Genetic variability and estimation of nesting females of the leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) in the Mexican Pacific in 1996. In 1997-1998 and 1998-1999 he was field coordinator of the same project that was a shipment of Ms. Laura Sarti of the National Fisheries Institute (INP) and the National Autonomous University of Mexico. In 2005 he was appointed Vice Co-Chair for the Southern Atlantic Region of the IUCN Marine Turtle Specialist Group. Uruguay of the Latin American Association for Conservation and Wildlife Management and in 2008 was appointed coordinator for Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay of CMAP-Marine (World Commission on Protected Areas - IUCN).

Fauna & Flora International

Founded in 1903, Fauna & Fauna International (FFI) is the world’s longest-established international conservation organisation. Our vision is to create a sustainable future for the planet where biodiversity is conserved by the people living closest to it. We aim to do this through the conservation of threatened species and ecosystems worldwide, choosing solutions that are sustainable, based on sound science and take account of human needs. We have become a trusted entity in the world of conservation. Today FFI is active in over 40 countries. FFI has worked to develop effective and replicable approaches to marine turtle conservation in the Pacific of Nicaragua since 2002.

Velkiss Gadea

Programma Manager, Marine Turtle, Fauna & Flora International

Nicaraguan, graduated in Biology with orientation in Fisheries resources, graduated in 1998 in the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua (UNAN), of the city of Leon. Her professional development began in the southeast of the country, in Río San Juan, through research on the Great Lake of Nicaragua on migratory fish species and commercial importance. At the same time, it has promoted initiatives in Solid Waste Management, Environmental Education and Food Safety. She was Coordinator of the Incidental Sea Turtle Project as part of a Regional Strategy in the EPO (East Pacific Ocean), promoted by FFI and WWF in Nicaragua. Currently responsible for directing the Marine Turtle Conservation Program in Nicaragua, which is promoted by FFI, a member of the National Marine Turtle Network of Nicaragua and the ICAPO Network.

Ofelia Gaitán Palacios

Propietaria, Reserva Silvestre Quelantaro

Ofelia is an ecologist, with a master's degree in rural development and specialization in Rural Tourism Development, working with sea turtles for 9 years mainly in the coordination of the most important nesting beach of the leatherback sea turtle (Playa Salamina and Costa Grande-Nicaragua). I coordinate the Quelantaro Reserve as well as the monitoring program for migratory birds and residents with the IBP, USA, as well as carrying environmental education activities in the municipality with emphasis on birds and sea turtles.

Alexander R. Gaos

Executive Director, Eastern Pacific Hawksbill Initiative (ICAPO)

Alexander R. Gaos is the Co-founder and Executive Director of the Eastern Pacific Hawksbill Initiative (ICAPO), an international grassroots conservation organization aimed at understanding and protecting hawksbill turtles in the eastern Pacific Ocean, as well as improving the socio-economic conditions of impoverished coastal community members that depend on hawksbills for their livelihoods. Alexander is also Vice-Chair of the Eastern Pacific Region for the IUCN Marine Turtle Specialist Group and has managed marine turtle nesting beach protection, in-water monitoring and fisheries bycatch reduction programs in countries throughout Latin America for more than a decade. He received a Master’s degree in Biology from San Diego State University (SDSU), which focused on the use of satellite telemetry technologies to gain insights into the spatial ecology of hawksbills. This research led to the groundbreaking discovery that hawksbills predominately inhabit mangrove estuaries in the eastern Pacific, rather than the coral reef systems used by the species in other ocean regions. These findings have had broad implications for understanding hawksbill life-history and implementing effective conservation strategies. Alexander is currently a PhD candidate with the Joint Doctoral Program in Ecology at UC Davis and SDSU, where he works with the Southwest Fisheries Science Center (NOAA/NMFS) on implementing molecular tools to understand hawksbill genetics and help design management actions.

Alison Gunn

Programme Manager, Americas & Caribbean, Fauna & Flora International

Alison has worked with FFI since 2004. She is responsible for supporting the development and management of a portfolio of projects within FFI’s Americas & Caribbean Programme, with her main geographic focus being Nicaragua. Alison provides technical support to field teams and partner organisations on integrated landscape management, climate adaptation planning, ecosystem service valuation, biodiversity monitoring and financial sustainability, as well as species conservation (with a particular focus on marine turtles).

Instituto de Fomento Pesquero

IFOP´s strategic role is based on the ability to generate, develop and transfer useful knowledge. Its research of high public value enables our country and its national industry, to position itself in a competitive and sustainable way. IFOP develops comprehensive advice for decision-making in Fisheries and Aquaculture by coordinating and managing research projects, evaluating sustainable exploitation strategies, estimating total allowable quota on fish stock of commercial interest, evaluating and monitoring of benthic resource management areas, managing hydro biological health, environment and restocking programs, and a node of aquaculture and fisheries knowledge with emphasis on digital preservation, access and visibility of knowledge. Thanks to the work of IFOP, our government authorities have the necessary information to manage and regulate our resources, establish an integrated fisheries management program, deploy a model of management and technical assistance, develop sustainable aquaculture and fisheries and protect our scientific heritage.

Inter-American Convention for the Protection and Conservation of Sea Turtles

The Inter-American Convention for the Protection and Conservation of Sea Turtles (“IAC”) is an intergovernmental treaty which provides the legal framework for countries in the American Continent to take actions in benefit of these species. The IAC entered into force in May of 2001 and currently has fifteen Contracting Parties, in addition to one country awaiting national ratification. The Convention promotes the protection, conservation and recovery of the populations of sea turtles and those habitats on which they depend, on the basis of the best available data and taking into consideration the environmental, socioeconomic and cultural characteristics of the Parties (Article II, Text of the Convention). These actions should cover both nesting beaches and the Parties’ territorial waters.

JUSTSEA

The main goal of JUSTSEA is to carry out research in order to protect fauna, flora, and their environments as well as their natural processes and ecological dynamics. With this in mind, through research studies and management strategies, we support the creation or modification of national, regional, and international policies related to the sustainable use of biological and genetic diversity.

Shaleyla Kelez

President of ecOceanica

Shaleyla graduated as a Biologist with a degree in Ecology from the Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina (Peru) in 2000 and holds a Doctorate in Marine Biology and Conservation from Duke University (USA), thanks to a scholarship Of the Fulbright Commission. She has more than 17 years of experience working with sea turtles and conducting research in different fields such as reproductive ecology, bycatch by fisheries, feeding ecology using stable isotopes, and genetics among others. Their professional interests focus on increasing scientific knowledge about marine ecosystems and their species to be able to handle them properly in harmony with human activities. She is interested in seeing how economic activities, such as fisheries, adopt sustainable policies while ensuring the conservation of endangered species such as sea turtles.

Kutzari

Kutzari, Association for the Study and Conservation of Sea Turtles A.C. - Civil association dedicated to the conservation of sea turtles, with emphasis on the leatherback turtle in Mexico since 2003. It has collaborated with the Mexican government in the operation of the Laúd Project since its inception, with activities in the four index beaches of the Mexican Pacific: Mexiquillo, Tierra Colorada, Cahuitán and Barra de la Cruz. Likewise, it carries out additional activities in some beaches of Priority II like Chacahua and La Tuza.

The Leatherback Trust

The Leatherback Trust (TLT), founded in 2000, is an international non-profit organization devoted to the survival of critically endangered Eastern Pacific (EP) leatherback turtles and other turtles at risk of extinction. TLT scientists operate the Goldring-Gund Marine Biology Station at Playa Grande within Las Baulas National Park, where we support ongoing research, habitat protection, community education and advocacy to reverse the decline of the Eastern Pacific leatherback and other sea turtles. TLT is building upon our successful protection efforts on nesting beaches to tackle the most serious threat to Eastern Pacific leatherbacks. TLT is working to develop a novel and collaborative approaches to dramatically reduce fisheries interventions to limit mortality and injury to this population of leatherbacks on the brink of extinction.

Jeffrey Mangel

Science Director, ProDelphinus

I am a conservation biologist working at the Peruvian non-governmental organization ProDelphinus and as a Darwin Research Fellow at the University of Exeter. My research interests center around understanding the interactions of Peruvian fisheries with threatened and endangered marine fauna, including sea turtles, seabirds, small cetaceans and sharks. This includes multi-disciplinary work to understand the spatial and temporal distributions of species and their population status; fisheries monitoring and management; and bycatch mitigation research and experimentation. This work requires the use of a wide range of techniques including onboard observer monitoring, satellite tracking, bycatch mitigation technology trials and Rapid Assessment surveying. My work always includes strong educational and awareness raising components and emphasizes working with local stakeholders to promote long term sustainability. I also maintain active studies of the marine otter. Additional interests include conservation and management of Hawaiian monk seals and hawksbill sea turtles.

NOAA-Southwest Fisheries Science Center

NOAA Fisheries Service’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center (SWFSC) conducts cutting-edge scientific research to support the management and conservation of domestic and international living marine resources. Established in 1964 to study the sardine and tuna fisheries of the U.S. west coast, the SWFSC provides scientific information to support fisheries management and the conservation of protected species in the California Current, throughout the Pacific Ocean and in the Southern Ocean off Antarctica.

Daniela Padilla

Field Biologist, Americas & Caribbean, Fauna & Flora International

I was a volunteer at the hawksbill turtle in the Pacific, with FFI, I am currently in charge of the conservation project in the beach of Veracruz of Acayo.

PRODELPHINUS

PRODELPHINUS is a non-profit non-governmental organization that has been working since 1995 to conserve the marine ecosystem of Peru. It fosters research and conservation projects on endangered marine species such as sea turtles, minor cetaceans, seabirds and sharks, and The interactions these species may have with fishing communities along the Peruvian coast, contributing to scientific knowledge and promoting environmental education. Provides training to artisanal fishermen in techniques that are friendly to the sea; Workplaces in the coastal marine area include Máncora, Cabo Blanco, Talara, Sechura, Paita in Piura and San José in Lambayeque in the north and Salaverry in central Peru.

Jeffrey A. Seminoff

Leader, Marine Turtle Ecology & Assessment Program, NOAA-Southwest Fisheries Science Center

Jeffrey Seminoff is Leader of the Marine Turtle Ecology & Assessment Program at NOAA- Southwest Fisheries Science Center. Since 1992 Jeffrey has been involved in ecological research and conservation of sea turtles. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona (2000), and was a post-doc at the Archie Carr Center for Sea Turtle Research at the University of Florida (2000- 2002). Seminoff is the Past-President of the International Sea Turtle Society (2011) and currently serves as the U.S. Delegate for the Scientific Committee of the Inter-American Convention and is the Executive Editor of Chelonian Conservation and Biology. His research uses innovative approaches such as stable isotope analysis, biotelemetry, and aerial surveys to study sea turtles around the world. His has authored over 160 publications and his research has been featured in popular magazines, and news outlets, as well as on the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, PBS, and National Geographic.

George Shillinger

Dr. Shillinger has worked in environmental conservation since 1986, serving in various capacities for the Center for Ocean Solutions, California Trout, World Wildlife Fund, The Nature Conservancy, RARE, the Homeland Foundation, Conservation International, Discovery Communications-Animal Planet, and the Tag-A-Giant Fund of The Ocean Foundation. Dr. Shillinger developed the initial vision for the Eastern Tropical Pacific Seascape and seed funding critical to launching the four-country transboundary conservation initiative. His research interests include satellite-tracking studies on pelagic species, including marine turtles, billfish, sharks, and tuna. He is co-founder of the Great Turtle Race, which uses tracking data from satellite-tagged sea turtles to raise global awareness and funds for the management and conservation of critically endangered leatherbacks. Dr. Shillinger holds a Ph.D. in Marine Biology from Stanford University, an MBA from the Yale University School of Management, an M.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Stanford University, and a B.A. in the Biological Basis of Behavior from the University of Pennsylvania.

Reserva Silvestre Quelantaro

We are a local organization, since 2009 we coordinated Salamina Beach and Costa Grande in Villa El Carmen, Managua, Nicaragua. Protecting tortoises, torta and damselflies. This beach is the most important nationally for the conservation of leatherbacks. Our reserve protects 70 hectares of dry forest, we also develop ecotourism activities with international volunteers that are part of the sustainable development that we carry out in the area. We develop monitoring of migratory birds and residents as well environmental education in coastal marine areas of the municipality and buffer zones of the reserve. Our main strength is that we are local actors, whether or not there is a project in the area, we have strategic alliances that allow the development of our work in the communities and with the public and private organizations of our country.

Juan M. Rguez-Baron

Scientific Director, JUSTSEA Foundation

I am a lover of sea turtle conservation. Since the beginning of my career I have tried to combine scientific research with community work, and thus obtain management measures appropriate to each situation. I recently ventured into the world of regional regulations and policies related to marine megafauna. I am fully convinced that the synergy between all these components allow us to reach equilibrium between the perspectives of environmental conservation and human welfare.

Heydi Salazar

Beach cordinator, Americas & Caribbean Fauna & Flora International

Experience in nesting beaches of 4 species of sea turtles of the Eastern Pacific (Chelonia m. agassizii, D.coreacea, Lepidochelys olivacea, Eretmochelys imbricata), as well as experience in a survey of rocky reef fish.

Jose Urteaga

Estudiante de doctorado, E-IPER, Universidad de Stanford

Jose Urteaga works in sea turtle conservation and has been a researcher since 2002. He loves working with turtles and humans at the same time. He is interested in the governance and sustainable management of marine natural resources in Latin America and the Caribbean. Particularly, he studies how social groups and institutions perform and interact in the management of diverse habitats and species. He is also interested in the nuts and bolts of sea turtle conservation, especially, learning about the repertoire of practices that increase coastal community engagement in conservation, and measuring their impact. Currently, he is doing his doctoral studies in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources from Stanford University. His research focuses on the social dimension of sea turtle conservation in Nicaragua and El Salvador.

Felipe Vallejo

Executive Director of Equilibrio Azul

Co-founder of Equilibrio Azul

Bryan Wallace

Conservation Scientist

Bryan has worked with Eastern Pacific leatherbacks and other species since 2001, and has helped to coordinate the LaudOPO Network since 2012. His research spans several areas including animal physiology and behavior, trophic ecology, impacts of fisheries bycatch and oil spills on protected species, and conservation priority-setting with limited resources. He loves working with diverse groups to develop and implement ambitious yet realistic conservation strategies. He lives in Colorado, USA, with his marvelous family.

Patricia Zarate

Senior Researcher - Head of the Highly Migratory Species Project - Ecosystemic approach, Instituto de Fomento Pesquero

Professional in the area of ​​marine conservation, with experience in the formulation and execution of evaluation and population dynamics projects with emphasis on applied ecology of marine ecosystems and fisheries management. I have also worked on developing methodologies for monitoring and evaluating projects on the impact of tourism and directed and incidental fisheries on vulnerable species and protected sites. I also have competencies for academic teaching and the training of multidisciplinary groups. In addition, I have participated actively in decision-making as a scientific advisor on marine issues and have excellent fundraising skills and a strong international network of professional contacts.