Sunday, June 3, 2018, at 2:00 pm
“Catching Fish, not Sea Turtles”
Retired sea turtle biologist, Sheryan Epperly Chester, will describe how scientists and pelagic longline fishermen teamed up to figure out how to reduce sea turtle hook and line bycatch on the high seas while fishing for swordfish and tunas. They developed a close personal relationship based on mutual trust. Their research has been published and the results were translated into federal regulations, and also were shared with the international communities that manage highly migratory species of finfish in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans.