China/USA Sea Turtle Workshop Convened in Hawaii

Participants in the 2014 China/USA Sea Turtle Workshop, Honolulu, 25-29 August 2014.
Participants in the 2014 China/USA Sea Turtle Workshop, Honolulu, 25-29 August 2014.

An invitational China/USA Sea Turtle Workshop was convened in Honolulu August 25-29, 2014 under the auspices of the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service Bilateral Living Marine Resources initiative and the Chinese Academy of Fishery Science in Beijing. Official hosts and organizers for the workshop were George Balazs of the PIFSC, Jeffery Seminoff of the NMFS Southwest Fisheries Science Center and Thierry Work of the U.S. Geological Survey. They were assisted by John Wang (PIFSC), Shandell Brunson (PIFSC), and Denise Parker of the University of Hawaii Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research. Nine scientists from various regions of China participated in the workshop, including participants from Hainan Island, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and mainland China. Four of the participants were university professors, three were government biologists, one was a graduate student, and one represented an NGO involved in research.

Workshop activities consisted of seminar presentations, informal discussions, and exchange of information to foster further cooperation and actions, including collaborative research. There was also hands-on field work with Hawaiian sea turtles. Participants agreed on several 'ways forward' for further cooperation including a follow-up workshop in mainland China in 2015, and a program of reciprocal China/USA visiting scientists for 1-2 month periods.