Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab

Projects

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Our new collaboration for loggerhead conservation

The Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab at Duke University and the University of Exeter, UK are undertaking a collaborative project to support the process of defining marine turtle high use areas, including ways to handle the data that can contribute to answering this question. This pilot effort will focus on loggerhead marine turtles (Caretta caretta) in the Northwest …

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Loggerhead Marine Turtle Conservation

Enhancing Strategic Collaborations for the Conservation of Northwest Atlantic and Mediterranean Loggerhead Marine Turtles Duke University, USA and University of Exeter, UK are undertaking a collaborative project to support the process of defining marine turtle high use areas, including ways to handle data that can contribute to answering this question. This pilot effort will focus …

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Informing policy decisions based on movements of highly migratory marine animals: MiCO

On April 1 (no fooling!), MGEL and a consortium of over 50 partners launched the Migratory Connectivity in the Ocean (MiCO) system at a side event at a United Nations meeting in New York. The inter-governmental conference was the culmination of years of work by a preparatory committee to engage member nations in discussions for …

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The MiCO System

On April 1st, 2019 the MiCO System launches at the 2nd Intergovernmental Conference on the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biological Diversity of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ). Underlying the discussions and negotiations for a new international legally binding instrument are important considerations of how areas within and beyond national jurisdictions are connected, highlighted …

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Decision Support Tool to Reduce Sea Turtle Dredging Entrainment Risk

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), through its Marine Minerals Program (MMP), authorizes the use of offshore continental shelf (OCS) sand resources in shore protection and coastal restoration projects. One of the major environmental issues with these projects is the potential for dredging entrainment and mortality of federally protected sea turtles. In accordance with …

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Mapping Cetacean Habitat

Cetaceans are protected worldwide but vulnerable to incidental harm from an expanding array of human activities at sea. Managing potential hazards to these highly-mobile populations increasingly requires a detailed understanding of their seasonal distributions and habitats. Pursuant to the urgent need for this knowledge in U.S. waters of the western North Atlantic and Gulf of …

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Global Fisheries Conservation

Over-exploitation of the world’s fish resources has caused serious decline in fish populations, and there is widespread concern that the world oceans will be unable to supply fish products for future generations. Given the importance of marine fisheries for food security throughout the world, this poses a serious threat for coming generations, and we must …

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