Hello, WCS Supporters! A quick update on the Wildlife Conservation Society’s sea turtle conservation efforts at Glover’s Reef:
Since 2007, WCS has partnered with the Belize Fisheries Department to conduct annual surveys as part of a long-term sea turtle monitoring program, with the aim of improving sea turtle conservation and management efforts in Belize. Results from the monitoring program are used by decision makers to better understand the status and threats to the hawksbill, green, and loggerhead sea turtles in Belize and to make informed decisions regarding their conservation and management needs.
This year’s survey, carried out from the Glover’s Reef Research Station, was focused on studying the long-range movement of marine turtles at Glover’s Reef Marine Reserve. The surveys were successfully completed over the course of a week in May, thanks to the hard work of a dedicated team of WCS conservationists, volunteers, and Belize Fisheries Department Staff. One green and three hawksbill sea turtles were captured for satellite tagging. Each turtle was also measured, weighed, tagged, and tissue samples were collected for genetic analysis.
We’re excited to report that the most extensive traveler of the four, a green turtle named Turtlesam, has covered the waters off Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama Canal, and Colombia—in the first two months alone! Moving forward, we will continue to keep a close eye on these four turtles, which will allow us to better understand the long-range movements of these species, and help support their conservation.
We invite you to follow Turtlesam and the three other tagged sea turtles (currently still hanging out around Glover’s Reef) at the following link:
seaturtle.org - WCS Belize Sea Turtles
With your help, the Glover’s Reef Research Station will continue to support critical research on sea turtles and many other marine species. From all of us at WCS, thank you so much for your interest and support!
Photo credit: Kenneth Gale/WCS
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