International Sea Turtle Symposium

International Sea Turtle Symposium

From the 24th to the 30th April Katharina, Daya, Rohan and Steffi participated in the International Sea Turtle Symposium (ISTS) in Panjim, Goa. The ISTS is an international meeting on sea turtle biology and conservation which takes place every year, but was for the first time in South Asia. It is unique in its nature as it brings together a diverse range of participants from around the world, including scientists, students, conservationists, academics, activists. This year’s theme was “The world of Turtles” and wanted to draw attention to the coastal, near-shore and oceanic ecosystems that marine turtles inhabit and use, while also focussing on the human communities who interact with marine turtles. We took part in order to improve contact with other Sea Turtle NGOs in India, get training in several workshops on topics such as turtle rehabilitation and discuss alternative strategies when working together with local fishermen communities in the Fisheries Forum workshop.

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