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Research Article

Using Satellite Tracking to Optimize Protection of Long-Lived Marine Species: Olive Ridley Sea Turtle Conservation in Central Africa

  • Sara M. Maxwell mail,

    smaxwell@ucsc.edu

    Affiliation: Ocean Sciences Department, University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California, United States of America

    Current address: Long Marine Lab, Marine Conservation Institute, Santa Cruz, California, United States of America

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  • Greg A. Breed,

    Affiliation: Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California, United States of America

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  • Barry A. Nickel,

    Affiliation: Center for Integrated Spatial Research, University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California, United States of America

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  • Junior Makanga-Bahouna,

    Affiliation: Wildlife Conservation Society, Parc National de Mayumba, Mayumba, Gabon

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  • Edgard Pemo-Makaya,

    Affiliation: Wildlife Conservation Society, Parc National de Mayumba, Mayumba, Gabon

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  • Richard J. Parnell,

    Affiliation: Wildlife Conservation Society, Parc National de Mayumba, Mayumba, Gabon

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  • Angela Formia,

    Affiliation: Wildlife Conservation Society, Global Conservation Program, New York, New York, United States of America

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  • Solange Ngouessono,

    Affiliation: Agence Nationale des Parcs Nationaux, Libreville, Gabon

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  • Brendan J. Godley,

    Affiliation: Marine Turtle Research Group, Centre for Ecology and Conservation, University of Exeter, Penyrn, Cornwall, United Kingdom

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  • Daniel P. Costa,

    Affiliation: Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California, United States of America

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  • Matthew J. Witt,

    Affiliation: Marine Turtle Research Group, Centre for Ecology and Conservation, University of Exeter, Penyrn, Cornwall, United Kingdom

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  • Michael S. Coyne

    Affiliations: Marine Turtle Research Group, Centre for Ecology and Conservation, University of Exeter, Penyrn, Cornwall, United Kingdom, SEATURTLE.org, Durham, North Carolina, United States of America

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  • Published: May 11, 2011
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0019905
  • Published in PLOS ONE

About the Authors

Sara M. Maxwell
Ocean Sciences Department, University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California, United States of America
Greg A. Breed, Daniel P. Costa
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California, United States of America
Barry A. Nickel
Center for Integrated Spatial Research, University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California, United States of America
Junior Makanga-Bahouna, Edgard Pemo-Makaya, Richard J. Parnell
Wildlife Conservation Society, Parc National de Mayumba, Mayumba, Gabon
Angela Formia
Wildlife Conservation Society, Global Conservation Program, New York, New York, United States of America
Solange Ngouessono
Agence Nationale des Parcs Nationaux, Libreville, Gabon
Brendan J. Godley, Matthew J. Witt, Michael S. Coyne
Marine Turtle Research Group, Centre for Ecology and Conservation, University of Exeter, Penyrn, Cornwall, United Kingdom
Michael S. Coyne
SEATURTLE.org, Durham, North Carolina, United States of America

Corresponding Author

Email: smaxwell@ucsc.edu

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: SMM MSC AF RJP SN DPC. Performed the experiments: SMM JM-B EP-M RJP AF. Analyzed the data: SMM BAN MJW. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: GAB BAN DPC MSC BJG MJW. Wrote the paper: SMM BJG GAB MJW.