Sea Turtle Workshop for the New York Bight

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NYSDEC Division of Marine Resources

205 N. Belle Mead Rd.

E. Setauket, New York 11733

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Tuesday January 30, 2018

at the New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation’s Division of Marine Resources

205 N. Belle Mead Rd. Ste. 1 East Setauket, NY 11733 Office: 631-444-0448

The NYSDEC is hosting a Sea Turtle Experts Workshop at the Division of Marine Resources office in East Setauket to gather those who are interested in sea turtle conservation in the region.

New York Bight Sea Turtle Workshop Objectives:

  • To find the best means of monitoring sea turtles in the New York Bight by gathering baseline data to provide adequate conservation and management for these species.

  • To understand sea turtles’ basic use of habitat, needs, threats, species-specific population sizes and health, and to begin investigating how this baseline information is changing.

  • To understand the data we have and the data we need and establish a monitoring network.

  • To identify current conservation needs and anticipate future conservation needs, as well as the accompanying data that is needed now to implement conservation activities in the future as conditions change.


9:00am Welcome and Remarks on the New York Ocean Action Plan NYSDEC
9:15am Introductory Remarks and Setting the Stage Lisa Bonacci, NYSDEC
9:30am Current monitoring or research efforts in New York
Presentations: Meghan Rickard, NYSDEC, Greg Lampman, NYSERDA, Lesley Thorne, SUNY Stony Brook University SoMAS
Local Stranding Network: Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation, Atlantic Marine Conservation Society
Discussion by all participants

11:00am BREAK (coffee and snacks provided)

11:10am Regional monitoring and research efforts in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast
Presentations: Rob DiGiovanni, Atlantic Marine Conservation Society, Carrie Upite, NOAA GARFO, Heather Haas, NOAA NEFSC
Discussion by all participants

12:30pm LUNCH (provided)

1:15pm Geospatial Modeling and Mapping
Presentations: Jason Roberts, MDAT Duke University
Discussion by all participants- modeling vs. monitoring

2:30pm Conservation and NGO priorities
Presentations: Alison Chase, NRDC
Discussion by all participants- opportunistic and citizen science data

3:00pm BREAK

3:10pm Further Discussion and Breakout Groups
Assessment of current efforts, priority questions/data needs and determining the best strategy moving forward to create the best monitoring program for the New York Bight.
Technical feasibility and limitations
Cost- consider tiers of expense (e.g., minimum, moderate and ideal)
Coordination with regional and neighboring efforts

4:30pm Summary of Discussion, Next steps, and Closing Remarks NYSDEC

5:00pm Workshop Adjourns

While we hope you can attend in person, remote access is available through the following link and conference line: Webinar information: 1-844-633-8697
Meeting number and access code: 642 647 035

Please RSVP and indicate if you plan to attend in person or via webinar. For questions or hotel recommendations, please contact:

Sherryll Huber Jones

New York State Ocean Coordinator

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Marine Resources

New York State Ocean Program

Office: (631) 444-0448

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