The beginning of 2022 saw the continuation of all of the GVI Curieuse turtle and shark conservation projects. We were in the peak of turtle and shark seasons, with daily checks of the turtle nesting beaches for new nests and the excavation of nests in full swing to assess the nesting success, and continued monitoring of the Lemon shark juveniles.
The start of the year started off strongly with turtle hatchlings being discovered from 8th Januar. In total 31 adult female Hawksbill turtles were tagged whilst a total of 302 total turtle activities were recorded.
The juvenile sharks were also busy tracking themselves after the implantation of 20 acoustic transmitters, with their acoustic signals being automatically recorded on 12 fixed receivers throughout their habitat. The preliminary results showed that out of 329,208 acoustic detections, only 1,203 of those detections were in the deeper waters off of Curieuse. This shows that the juvenile sharks strongly prefer the shallow waters of the island and further highlights the importance of protecting it, especially the mangrove areas. Due to the success of this tracking project we’re currently in the process of extending the project to discover where the small population of sharks that leave the Marine National Park go.
For the first quarter of 2022 we continued the great progress in research and conservation of sharks and turtles in Curieuse Marine National Park. We are so fortunate to have incredible people supporting our work, and without that we wouldn’t be able to continue to successfully conserve these endangered species. We want to thank you so much on behalf of the park for helping, and hope that you continue to support our work into the future too.
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