Development of the MiCO system began in May of 2016. Early stages of the project focused on defining product goals, building out the team in MGEL, defining the taxonomic scope of the system, and engaging with preliminary partners and stakeholders. MGEL also undertook a pilot literature review, conducting sensitivity tests of search terms and fleshing out a system for data collection. We expect the final system to contain information on approximately 1000 species. An initial set of 208 species of marine mammals, seabirds, sea turtles, and fish have been selected for the literature review. In parallel, we are building out the database schema and testing visualization techniques. We expect ongoing interactions with data holders contributing telemetry and mark & recapture data to the system to continue throughout the life of the project. The system will be launched in conjunction with the CBD COP14 meeting in late 2018. Literature review results will be submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal in early 2019, and subsequent peer-reviewed publications that use the system to show how migratory connectivity can be considered in the policy context of efforts in areas beyond national jurisdiction will begin shortly after.
Figure 1. Timeline for development and release of the Migratory Connectivity in the Ocean (MiCO) system including literature review and publication, outreach to existing data holders, and the limited and full launch of the system near the end of 2018.