In an article released today in the journal Science, a team of scientists (which includes six MTSG members) argue that improved science and a focus on prioritization of research activities is needed to ensure effective recovery efforts for sea turtles and other threatened species in the Gulf of Mexico. The article urges for a greater investment in focused research activities as part of the oil spill recovery efforts, and highlights seven elements that should be integrated into any such research. Beyond recovery efforts in the Gulf, the authors make a compelling case for the U.S. to develop “strategic national research plans for key marine species and ecosystems based on evaluation of cause and effect and on integrated monitoring of abundance and demographic traits.”
The article is available (to subscribers) on the Science website. MTSG members who co-authored the article are Karen Bjorndal, Brian Bowen, Milani Chaloupka, Larry Crowder, Selina Heppell, and Blair Witherington.