Tools for Informed Decisions and Interactive Learning
Blueways Conservation Decision Support Tool
The Blueways Conservation Decision Support Tool includes a visualization platform to highlight information about migration corridors, movement density, occurrence hotspots, and stopovers, along with human and climate-related threats. The tool contains several apps that can be used to inform careful marine planning and research for a variety of purposes, including: conservation and species protection, fisheries management, the energy sector, and other industries working in the Gulf of Mexico. The tools are a resource for scientists, resource managers, and policy-makers for limiting impacts of human activity in the Gulf on endangered and migratory species.
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Each application in the Decision Support Tool is additionally available as a web mapping service for use in ArcGIS. Click any of the application icons below, then select "ArcMap" or "ArcGIS Online Map Viewer" to display the layers.
Live Animal Trackers: Movebank
The Nature Conservancy has tagged several animals in the Gulf of Mexico using satellite tags. This innovative tracking technology will allow the Conservancy to observe and collect data on near real-time shark movements.

Movebank is a free, online database of animal tracking data hosted by the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology. This online platform allows the Conservancy to display its shark-tracking data publicly. See where our sharks and sea turtles are now!
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Live Animal Trackers: OCEARCH
You can track the Conservancy’s tagged sharks using the OCEARCH website or phone app. OCEARCH is a world leader in generating critical scientific data related to tracking (telemetry) and biological studies of keystone marine species. Their Global Shark Tracker broadcasts real-time shark movements to more than 2 million users. Search for “The Judge” or “Miss Lillie” at ocearch.org to see where the Conservancy’s sharks are now!
Coastal Resilience Decision Support Tool
Coastal Resilience is a program led by The Nature Conservancy to examine nature’s role in reducing coastal flood risk. Like the Migratory Species Conservation project, the program consists of an approach, a web mapping decision support tool, and a network of practitioners around the world supporting hazard mitigation and climate adaptation planning. The Coastal Resilience Decision Support Tool enables planners, government officials, and communities to develop risk reduction, restoration and resilience strategies.
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Migratory Species Decision Support Tool
The Migratory Species Decision Support Tool includes a visualization platform to highlight information about migration corridors, movement density, occurrence hotspots, and stopovers, along with human and climate-related threats.
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Live Animal Trackers: Movebank
The Nature Conservancy has tagged several sharks in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of Sarasota Bay, Florida, using satellite tags. This innovative tracking technology will allow the Conservancy to observe and collect data on near real-time shark movements. Movebank is a free, online database of animal tracking data hosted by the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology. This online platform allows the Conservancy to display its shark-tracking data publicly. See where our sharks are now!
GO TO THE Movebank WEBSITE
Live Animal Trackers: OCEARCH
You can track the Conservancy’s tagged sharks using the OCEARCH website or phone app. OCEARCH is a world leader in generating critical scientific data related to tracking (telemetry) and biological studies of keystone marine species. Their Global Shark Tracker broadcasts real-time shark movements to more than 2 million users. Search for “The Judge” or “Miss Lillie” at ocearch.org to see where the Conservancy’s sharks are now!
Coastal Resilience Decision Support Tool
Coastal Resilience is a program led by The Nature Conservancy to examine nature’s role in reducing coastal flood risk. Like the Migratory Species Conservation project, the program consists of an approach, a web mapping decision support tool, and a network of practitioners around the world supporting hazard mitigation and climate adaptation planning. The Coastal Resilience Decision Support Tool enables planners, government officials, and communities to develop risk reduction, restoration and resilience strategies.
GO TO THE DECISION SUPPORT TOOL