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Recovery Strategy for Leatherback Turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) in Pacific Canadian Waters

5. Participants

5.1 Pacific Leatherback Turtle Recovery Team Members

  • Andrews, Russ, Assistant Research Professor, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska.
  • Conway, Jerry, Species at Risk Coordinator, Maritimes Region. Fisheries & Oceans Canada.
  • Dutton, Peter, Team Leader - Sea Turtle Research Program, Southwest Fisheries Science Center NOAA-National Marine Fisheries Service, La Jolla, California.
  • Eckert, Scott, Director of Science. Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network (WIDECAST), North Carolina.
  • Ellis, Graeme , Science – Pacific Region. Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
  • Erickson, Wes, Longline and troll Commercial Fisher, British Columbia.
  • Eros, Carole , (Chair of Pacific Leatherback Turtle Recovery Team). Recovery Plan Coordinator - Pacific Region. Fisheries and Oceans Canada, 200-401 Burrard St. Vancouver BC, V6C 3S4. Tel. 604-666-3610. Fax. 604-666-3341.
  • Harvey, Brian, Biologist. World Fisheries Trust, British Columbia.
  • Huff, David, Veterinarian, Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Center, British Columbia.
  • James, Michael, Dept. of Biology, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia.
  • Jones, David, Professor of Zoology and Director of Zoology Animal Care, University of British Columbia.
  • Jones, Todd, Zoology Department, University of British Columbia.
  • Joyce, Marilyn , Marine Mammal Coordinator – Pacific Region. Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
  • O'Callaghan, Patrick, Vice President Education and Communication, Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Center and IUCNMember, Commission on Education and Communication.
  • Spaven, Lisa, Science - Pacific Region, Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
  • Wood, Chris, Head of Conservation Biology Section – Pacific Region. Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

5.2 External Peer Reviewers

  • Cynthia Vernon, Vice President of Conservation Programs, Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Frank Paladino, Jack W. Schrey Distinguished Professor, Department of Biology, Indiana - Purdue University, United States
  • Kitty Simonds, Executive Director, Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council
  • Miliani Chaloupka, Research Consultant, School of Economics, University of Queensland, Australia

5.3 Record of Co-operation & Consultation

Leatherback turtles are an aquatic species under federal jurisdiction, managed by Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada worked in cooperation with NGO's, academics and international experts as members on the recovery team. Broad consultations were also undertaken on the Recovery Strategy to gain input and advice. The recovery team met on a number of occasions throughout 2002 and 2003 and continues to be the main group to coordinate recovery activities. The draft Recovery Strategy was made available publicly via the Fisheries and Oceans Canada webpage. Notice of the web posting was made via a DFO news release, notice to all commercial fishing industries (DFO 'notice to industry'), and in collaboration with the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Center a news release was issued via Aquanews and information posted on the Vancouver Aquarium's webpage. The document was also distributed through an international listserv via the Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation mailing list ('CTURTLE') and a Marine Mammal mailing list ('Marmam'). DFO also requested comments directly from several experts in the field of sea turtle ecology, industry members, First Nations and other government Departments including BC Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection, Parks Canada, WWF Canada, BC Aboriginal Fisheries Commission, Canadian Sablefish Association, and the Pacific Halibut Management Association. Peer reviews were sought from several experts including Cynthia Vernon (Monterey Bay Aquarium), Milani Chaloupka (University of Queensland), Frank Paladino (Purdue University), Kitty Simonds (Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council), Col Limpus (Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, Australia) and Alan Bolton (Archie Carr Center for Sea Turtle Research, University of Florida). Following posting to the SARA Public Registry, one additional scientific submission was received.

The Recovery Team considered input from written submissions and external reviewers and incorporated many useful suggestions in the final document.