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.