Global Sea Turtle Conservation

Oceanic Society is proud to play a leading role in global sea turtle conservation. We support hundreds of individuals and institutions working worldwide to study and protect sea turtles by providing tools, expertise, and resources that help them meet their conservation goals. We also work to study and protect sea turtles at our field sites in Turneffe Atoll, Belize and in Ulithi Atoll in the Federated States of Micronesia. Browse our volunteer vacations to learn about our upcoming volunteer opportunities with sea turtles.

State of the World's Sea Turtles Reports

The State of the World's Sea Turtles (SWOT)

Oceanic Society is proud to manage The State of the World's Sea Turtles (SWOT) Program, a global collaboration among individuals and institutions around the world to understand and monitor the status of sea turtles and support effective on-the-ground conservation.

Founded in 2003, SWOT is a partnership among Oceanic Society, the IUCN Marine Turtle Specialist Group, Duke University's OBIS-SEAMAP, and an ever-growing international team of local organizations, scientists and conservationists. This powerful group - the SWOT Team - works to compile and publish global sea turtle data to inform conservation and management efforts at the international, national, and local scales. These data reside within the SWOT database, which is continually updated and made publicly available for use in research, education, and conservation planning.

Each year we publish a new volume of SWOT Report, an award-winning magazine designed to channel the SWOT Team's collective power by highlighting its success stories, innovations, and new findings. SWOT Report is distributed back to the SWOT Team members who helped create it, free of charge, for use in their own local outreach campaigns in communities where sea turtles occur. For more information visit

IUCN Marine Turtle Specialist Group

Oceanic Society co-manages the IUCN Marine Turtle Specialist Group, a volunteer network of more than 220 of the world's leading marine turtle experts in over 70 countries. The Marine Turtle Specialist Group is part of IUCN, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, which is the world's oldest and largest global environmental network. Founded as part of IUCN's Species Survival Commission in 1966, the Marine Turtle Specialist Group is the world authority on sea turtles. The group's primary responsibility is to regularly assess the global risk of extinction for each of the world's seven species of sea turtles using IUCN Red List criteria. For more information visit


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