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Call for Presentations

2nd Sea Turtle Husbandry Symposium

May 20-21, 2006


The 2nd Sea turtle Husbandry Symposium (STHS) will be hosted by the Aquarium & Rainforest at Moody Gardens in Galveston, Texas.  In addition, major organizational sponsors include the NOAA Fisheries Galveston Laboratory, the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, and the Sea Turtle Working Group that meets in conjunction with the American Zoo and Aquarium Association.  The STHS organizing committee is planning a full schedule of oral and poster presentations related to all aspects of sea turtle husbandry.  Subject areas may include related aspects of sea turtle biology, aquarium system design, growth and nutrition, medical management, enrichment, legislative issues, and education, research and conservation opportunities.  Following the symposium, a proceedings document will be compiled that will include the contents of all presentations.


In addition to invited speakers, anyone interested in making a presentation at the STHS is encouraged to submit an abstract for consideration. 


Abstract Submission


All abstract submissions are due by Monday, March 20, 2006.  Early abstract submissions are encouraged. Authors will be notified by Monday, March 27 regarding the status of their presentation. 


The number of oral and poster presentations is limited by time and space.  Selection of abstracts for presentation will be made on the basis of review by the STHS organizing committee.  Oral presenters will be provided a 15-20 minute time slot, and should allow time for questions.  Poster presentations are also encouraged.  Appropriate venues for display and author interaction will be scheduled.


Abstracts should be submitted in the format shown below.  E-mail completed abstracts and related information as an attachment (Microsoft Word format preferred) to:


Mark Swingle

E-mail:    Phone:  757-437-4949

Director of Research & Conservation

Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

717 General Booth Boulevard

Virginia Beach, VA  23451     USA


Format for Abstract Submission

Provide the following information:

Author/Presenter:     Name Affiliation Mailing Address Phone Fax E-mail
Preferred Presentation Format:        Oral Poster Either
Abstracts should be prepared as follows:
First line:  Title
Second line:  Author(s)
Third line:  Author affiliation(s) -- For different affiliations, use numbered superscripts.
Fourth Line:  Body of Abstract (not to exceed 250 words)

Husbandry of Loggerhead Sea Turtles, Caretta caretta
John T. Plastron 1 and Mary L. Scute 2
1 Universal Aquarium, 2 Tortuga University
Loggerhead sea turtles are found in a variety of natural habitats throughout the world. They have been maintained in public aquaria and other circumstances of human care for many years.  The husbandry of sea turtles . . .



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