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  • Demonstrating Connectivity

    We reviewed more than 25 years of information published on tracking 173 migratory species to synthesize marine connectivity for our 2023 paper, published in Biological Conservation. Through this synthesis, biases and gaps in the data were exposed as well as recommendations for future presentations of research and management applications.

    Read more in Kot et al. 2023

  • MiCO v1.0

    MiCO has released more than 100 new models describing connectivity generated by migratory marine megavertebrates.  These models now form v1.0 of the MiCO System, and represent the largest repository of synthesized knowledge of marine migratory connectivity in the world.

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  • Network Analysis of Sea Turtles

    Our team and data contributors have collaborated on the paper
    "Network analysis of sea turtle movements and connectivity: A tool for conservation prioritization"
    Read more in Kot et al. 2022

  • What is migratory connectivity?

    Until recently, our understanding of patterns between migratory species and their interconnectivity in the world’s oceans was limited. As this migratory connectivity comes into focus, so does its ability to influence international policy and conservation efforts.

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  • The MiCO System

    On April 1st, 2019 the MiCO System launches at the 2nd Intergovernmental Conference on the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biological Diversity of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ).

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About The Project

MiCO, Migratory Connectivity in the Ocean, is developing a system that aggregates and generates actionable knowledge to support worldwide conservation efforts for numerous migratory species and the oceans on which they depend.

What is MiCO?  Who is it for?  How can it help me?

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MiCO is a Consortium

This project is a collective effort between the University of Queensland, the Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab (MGEL) of Duke University and a growing number of international partner organizations.

Consortium Partners

Consortium Data Contributors

MiCO is guided by a steering committee with three advisory panels:

Project Structure


Become a Data Partner

The success of MiCO, and its ability to influence conservation outcomes, depends on our network of data holders. Learn more about how your data can further the project.

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MiCO Species

A wide variety of migratory species—including marine turtle, marine mammal, seabird, and fish—are the focus of the MiCO project’s data collection and aggregation.

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