I just spent two weeks with sea turtle, acoustics and animal behaviour experts from national and international institutions including Gettysburg college (USA), Duke University (USA), Chicago Zoological Society (USA), Van Oord (Netherlands), MarBrasil (Brazil), Karumbe (Uruguay), PRICTMA (Argentina), LEC-UFPR (Brazil), and TAMAR (Brazil) in Paranaguá, Brazil to assess the health and movements of local juvenile green turtle populations and to investigate potential technological solutions for minimising sea turtle interactions with hopper dredging and marine construction projects. This ground-breaking research, funded by Van Oord, will aid in the conservation and management of global sea turtle populations and ensure sustained populations for future generations.
News from the field: Assessing the effects of the recreational bay scallop fishery on sea turtles in the Big Bend of Florida
Christian Gredzens and Dr. Mariana Fuentes successfully deployed 10 satellite tags on juvenile green and Kemp's ridley sea turtles in Crystal River, FL during a collaborative trip with the Inwater Research Group (IRG). This work is part of Christian's dissertation work on the spatial ecology of juvenile turtles and the effects of disturbance on movement patterns and distribution. This trip marks the beginning of a busy field season assessing recreational use, habitat, and prey distributions in the Big Bend Region of Florida. We'd like to thank everyone involved, especially IRG, for their hard work and making it a great trip. We'd also like to thank the Sea Turtle License Plate Grants program for partially funding this work. Check back soon for updates on our tagged turtles and project development.
Our lab encourages undergraduate and graduate students to conduct outreach activities with the broad community. Both Dora DeMaria and Natalie Montero have been busy educating K-12 kids about sea turtles, their biology ecology and conservation.
Twenty managers and researchers recently meet at the Barrier Island Center, Melbourne beach, Florida, to identify key knowledge gaps and research priorities related to sea turtles and climate change in Florida. The workshop was organized by myself, kate Mansfield (UCF) and Vince Saba (NOAA) and funded by the Archie Carr Center for Sea Turtle Research at UF and the Disney Conservation Fund. The Barrier Island Center kindly provided the venue.