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Maldivian Sea Turtle Conservation Program

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Description
Sea turtles inventory based on photo identification in the Maldivian Sea, since 2011. more

The Maldivian Sea Turtle Conservation Program (MSTCP) was started in 2011 by our small team of Seamarc marine biologists at the Four Seasons resorts, Maldives. Our preliminary objective is to produce an estimated inventory of sea turtles using a photo identification monitoring method. This will allow us to better understand turtle population and migration patterns. A major threat these creatures are facing in the country is turtle and egg poaching. For this reason, one aspect of the MSTCP consists of protecting turtle nesting sites and rearing a few individuals per clutch in order to increase their survival rate. Off shore, Olive Ridley Sea Turtles are particularly exposed to Ghost Nets. Another aspect of the MSTCP is to rescue and rehabilitate injured Olive Ridley Sea Turtles and track them after release to study both the success of rehabilitation and the global distribution of the species in the Indian Ocean. Project partner and project sponsor: Four Seasons Resort at Landaa Giraavaru, Baa Atoll, Maldives Four Seasons Resort at Kuda Huraa, Male Atoll, Maldives

Scope
Themes:
Biology > Reptiles
Keywords:
Marine, ISW, Indian Ocean, Lepidochelys olivacea

Geographical coverage
ISW, Indian Ocean [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
10 May 2012 - 5 November 2012

Taxonomic coverage
Lepidochelys olivacea (Eschscholtz, 1829) [WoRMS]

Contributor
Seamarc Pvt. Ltd., moredata owner

Related datasets
Published in:
OBIS-SEAMAP: Spatial Ecological Analysis of Megavertebrate Populations, more

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Dataset information:

Dataset status: In Progress
Data type: Data
Data origin: Monitoring: field survey
Metadatarecord created: 2012-11-13
Information last updated: 2013-06-12
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