George Shillinger returned this week from the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Barcelona. As you know, George has spent the past several years tagging leatherback sea turtles in Costa Rica, and following their migrations as they pass over the Cocos Ridge and past the Galapagos Islands on their journey to the open ocean west of South America.
At the IUCN meeting these data were used to help pass a resolution to protect the sea turtles along this migratory corridor, where they run the risk of being accidentally captured in gillnets and long lines intended for tunas and other open ocean fishes. You can see the resolution here.
I think it's really exciting to see that TOPP data are beginning to be used in this manner -- to help inform management and conservation decisions. That was one of our hopes when we began this program back in 2000, and it's wonderful to see it coming to fruition.