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Development of a Geographic Information System as a Management Tool to Reduce Bycatch of Sea Turtles in U.S. Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico Fisheries
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    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Ocean Service’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) has partnered with NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Office of Protected Resources to develop a dynamic geographic information system (GIS). This GIS will be used by NMFS as a management tool to address sea turtle bycatch in Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico fisheries. The GIS supports the NMFS strategy for sea turtle conservation and recovery in relation to Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico fisheries (the “Strategy”) to fully characterize domestic fisheries, evaluate sea turtle bycatch across gear types, develop and implement measures to reduce bycatch, authorize fishery takes consistent with Endangered Species Act (ESA) mandates, and conserve and recover sea turtles (Figure 1).

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