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Velkiss Gadea Espinal
Velkiss Gadea Espinal

Velkiss has a Bachelor in Biology with a focus on Fishery Resources from the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua (UNAN) at León. She has 21 years of experience with conservation work in coastal marine areas of the Pacific of Nicaragua focused on programs for fisheries management and sea turtles conservation. Her professional development started in the Great Lake of Nicaragua with research on commercially important migratory fish species, initiatives on Solid Waste Management, Environmental Education and Food Safety. Recently, she obtained a Bachelors in Graphic Design. She promotes environmental awareness and activism in people through design and communication tools in socio-environmental campaigns. She is a collaborating conservationist and co-coordinator of the Laúd OPO Network, a member of the National Sea Turtle Conservation Network in Nicaragua and the ICAPO Network.

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The Eastern Pacific Leatherback Turtle Conservation Network started in 2012 when over thirty researchers, NGOs, and regional experts came together to develop an action plan to stabilize and restore the leatherback turtle population in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.