Why are we interested in monitoring male sea turtles?

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Most of what we know about sea turtles comes from our observations of them during the nesting season, when females come back to land to lay their eggs. Although they are dependent upon beaches to reproduce, did you know that sea turtles actually mate while at sea? Males never come ashore.

Once the females have laid their eggs, they return to the ocean, often to undertake vast migrations to feeding grounds in other parts of the world. We know this through studies where nesting females have been outfitted with satellite tags and tracked for several months at a time. Flipper tags are often used to monitor how often a female will return to their nesting beaches, or serve as an identification number when these turtles are observed again anywhere in the world, and provide valuable information on their movements. As males spend their entire lives at sea, this provides little opportunities to tag and study their movement patterns, and that is why we know relatively little about them. 

Loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta) occur world-wide in subtropical and temperate regions of the Mediterranean Sea, Pacific, Indian, and Atlantic Oceans. In the western Atlantic Ocean, adult males and females can be observed mating in the waters close to the nesting beaches during the summer months. Adult female loggerheads return to the beach where they were hatched, likely making the journey to mate and lay eggs every one to four years over a distance of thousands of miles.

The Caribbean region is renowned for hosting vital nesting sites for loggerhead turtles, a fact well-documented in numerous studies. Many of these beaches have been identified and are subject to monitoring efforts, primarily focused on assessing the nesting population of females and the success of hatchings. However, there exists a significant gap in knowledge concerning male loggerhead turtles, despite their crucial role in the reproductive process.

During the mating season, females engage in multiple mating encounters with various males. They construct more than one nest, interspersing these activities with visits to the beach to deposit their eggs. The reproductive behavior of male loggerhead turtles remains a subject of limited information. To address this gap, our ongoing research concentrates on unraveling the spatial ecology of male loggerhead turtles, aiming to provide answers to essential questions surrounding their activities and behaviors. 

Our ongoing research on the spatial ecology of males of the species is aimed at answering some of the questions we have:

  1. Due to climate change, many nesting beaches are producing mainly females as sex determination is dependent on sand temperature. Will this reduction in the number of males within the population have significant impacts on reproduction and survival of the species?

  2. We know that females migrate over long distances, but we don’t know if males also follow the same patterns. How far and how often do they migrate: annually or every few years like the females do? 

 

These are big questions that need answering if we are to fully understand the population dynamics of all species of sea turtles, not only loggerheads. We seek the answers to enable resource managers to develop well-informed management actions for species survival and in some cases rewilding.  

With an initial two years of tracking data on males, MarAlliance has begun to paint a picture of movement patterns within the region not previously known. These new insights highlight how connected our populations are within the MesoAmerican region as we continue to learn more about the previously unknown lives of male loggerhead turtles.

Our tracking platform offers a snapshot of the diverse sea turtle individuals we are studying, including both males and females. Immerse yourself in the dynamic world of marine conservation and discover the critical information gathered through our satellite tracking efforts by exploring the interactive map and be part of the ongoing mission to monitor and protect these majestic sea turtles by adopting one!

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Asistente de comunicación (Internship)

MarAlliance es una organización internacional sin ánimo de lucro registrada en EE.UU., Belice, Panamá y Cabo Verde, cuyo objetivo es explorar, facilitar e inspirar cambios positivos para la fauna marina amenazada, especialmente tiburones y rayas, sus hábitats críticos y las comunidades humanas dependientes. Nuestra misión es amplia y ambiciosa, y trabajamos en tres idiomas y en siete países de tres regiones. Ante el declive de muchas poblaciones de megafauna marina, estas especies necesitan una voz fuerte, eficaz y con base científica que las represente para ayudar a los socios dependientes a dar forma a las estrategias y acciones de gestión y conservación para invertir el declive.

Resumen del puesto:

Buscamos a un becario (6 meses) proactivo, con conocimientos digitales y excelente capacidad de redacción y edición de textos, que apoye la creación de contenidos escritos de alta calidad y recursos multicanal para difundir el trabajo que MarAlliance realiza a través de sus plataformas en línea (sitio web, redes sociales, boletín, entre otras) y fuera de línea, y que interactúe con nuestro público externo para contribuir a nuestros objetivos generales de comunicación y marketing. El Asistente de Comunicación dependerá directamente del Coordinador de Comunicación y Marketing, y trabajará en estrecha colaboración con el resto del equipo para apoyarles en los elementos de comunicación de su trabajo.

Las funciones y responsabilidades incluirán, entre otras, las siguientes:

  1. Proporcionar apoyo creativo, editorial y operativo a los proyectos. 
  2. Apoyo en la organización, etiquetado y etiquetado del archivo fotográfico y gestión del archivo de vídeo.
  3. Gestión de la comunidad: Gestionar activamente los canales de medios sociales, así como identificar nuevas tendencias y oportunidades de colaboración. Generar reels y visuales.
  4. Apoyo en la redacción de artículos de blog (SEO) y contenido de boletines. 
  5. Ayudar a construir y desarrollar materiales, herramientas y acciones para campañas (online y offline).
  6. Ayudar en diferentes tareas relacionadas con la comunicación trabajando mano a mano con contratistas externos (desarrollador web, diseñador gráfico…) para mejorar el compromiso de las audiencias externas.
  7. Apoyo en la elaboración de informes de campañas y comunicaciones (Google Analytics, métricas de redes sociales, informes de marketing por correo electrónico).
  8. Como parte del Equipo de Comunicación de MarAlliance, apoyar al Coordinador de Comunicación y Marketing en cualquier otro proyecto de comunicación, coherente con las habilidades y experiencia del titular del puesto, en circunstancias no rutinarias.

Experiencia, conocimientos y aptitudes requeridos:

  1. Licenciatura en comunicación, periodismo, marketing o cualquier disciplina relacionada.
  2. Experiencia en comunicación digital o marketing.
  3. Pasión e interés por la naturaleza, la vida marina y la conservación.
  4. Capacidad demostrada para redactar y presentar comunicaciones creativas.
  5. Presencia y conocimientos de medios sociales y digitales.
  6. Capacidad para realizar múltiples tareas y detectar buenas historias.
  7. Capacidad para trabajar a distancia y cumplir los plazos establecidos.
  8. Conocimientos de diseño gráfico deseables, pero no necesarios.
  9. Conocimientos de edición de vídeo deseables pero no necesarios. 

Salario y prestaciones:

Estipendio durante 6 meses.

Idiomas:

Español, con fluidez en inglés

Localización:

Este contrato será a distancia dentro de las zonas horarias de América, flexible, a tiempo completo y desde casa con hasta un 10% de viajes ocasionales locales e internacionales.

Cómo presentar la candidatura:

Por favor, envíe su currículum, portfolio si lo tiene, y carta de presentación a info@maralliance.org con “MAR-CA_Apellido” en el asunto antes del 21 de febrero, 2024. No se admiten llamadas.

Communications Assistant (Internship)

MarAlliance is an international non-profit registered in the US, Belize, Panama and Cabo Verde that aims to explore, enable and inspire positive changes for threatened marine wildlife – notably sharks and rays – their critical habitats and dependent human communities. Our remit is broad and ambitious, and we work in three languages and across seven countries encompassed by three regions. In the face of declines in many populations of marine megafauna, these species need a strong, effective, and science-based voice to represent them to help dependent partners shape management and conservation strategies and action to reverse declines.

Position summary:

We are seeking for a proactive, digitally savvy Paid Intern (6 month) Communications Assistant with excellent writing and copy editing skills, who will support the creation of high-quality written content and multichannel assets to broadcast the work MarAlliance does through its online (website, social media, newsletter, among others) and offline platforms, and engage with our external audiences to contribute to our overall communications and marketing goals. The Communications Assistant will directly report consistently to the Communications and Marketing Coordinator, and work closely with the rest of the team to support them on the communications elements of their work.

Duties and responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

  1. Provide creative, editorial, and operational project support. 
  2. Support organizing, labeling and tagging the photo archive and video archive management.
  3. Community Management: Actively manage social media channels, as well as identify new trends and collaboration opportunities. Generate reels and visuals.
  4. Support with writing blog articles (SEO) and newsletter content. 
  5. Help build and develop materials, toolkits, and actions for (online and offline) campaigns.
  6. Assist in different communications-related tasks working hand in hand with external contractors (web developer, graphic designer…) to improve the engagement of external audiences.
  7. Support in campaign and communications reporting (Google Analytics, social media metrics, email marketing reports)
  8. As part of the MarAlliance Communications Team, support the Communications and Marketing Coordinator with any other communications projects, consistent with the skills and expertise of the post holder, in non-routine circumstances.

Experience, Knowledge, and Skills Required:

  1. Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, marketing or any related discipline.
  2. Experience working in digital communications and or marketing.
  3. Passion and interest for nature, marine life and conservation.
  4. Proven ability to write and deliver creative communications.
  5. Social Media and digital presence and knowledge.
  6. Ability to multitask and spot good stories.
  7. Capable of working remotely and meeting established deadlines.
  8. Graphic design skills are desirable but not required.
  9. Video editing skills are desirable but not required.

Salary and benefits:

Stipend for 6 month.

Language:

Spanish, with fluent English

Location:

This contract will be remote within the Americas time zones, flexible, full-time and home-based with up to 10% occasional local and international travel.

How to apply:

Please send your resume, portfolio if you have one, and cover letter to info@maralliance.org with “MAR-CA_Last name” in the subject line by 21st of February, 2024. No calls please.