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This project takes place in Guadeloupe, French West Indies, where almost 1,000 turtles die as bycatch each year. Indeed, turtles feeding ground are often fishing area as well, as fishing is mainly coastal there, causing mortality in both nesting and foraging green and hawksbill. Informations are needed to adapt conservation efforts to protect our turtles on their whole home range. “SEATAG” focus on green: we have already settled 4 satellites devices on green nesting females in 2006 and 2007, and 2 satellites tags on feeding individuals in 2010. 2013-2014 project include settlement of 7 GPS-tags on feeding green turtles, and 4 tags on nesting females. more

Deployment started in may, 2013 in Petite-Terre natural Reserve. We have presently 1 tag still running –but not for long- on one feeding juvenile, Cerise (foraging in Petite-Terre natural Reserve, located in the Atlantic Ocean). Lydie’s tags (same feeding ground) stopped few months ago and Robinson’s and Loanne’s (foraging in west coast of Guadeloupe, Caraibean sea) as well in june.
Late 2014, 2 more tags should be deployed with fishermen involvement on 2 alived caught individuals, and 4 on nesting females.

This would helps to improve knowledge, to enhance conservation measures, on :
- Feeding and diving behavior on foraging grounds in guadeloupean waters
- Migratory pathways of nesting females
- Feeding grounds of green females which use guadeloupean beaches as nesting sites
Outreach programs are linked with this project. A drawing contest took place at the beginning of 2013, to design SEATAG project logo: winners choose “Robinson’s” name, won a t-shirt and assisted in October at a deployment.
Supplemental infomation: Visit STAT's project page for additional information. This dataset is a summarized representation of the telemetry locations aggregated per species per 1-degree cell.

Biology > Reptiles
Marine, ASW, West Indies, Chelonia mydas (Linnaeus, 1758)

Geographical coverage
ASW, West Indies [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
25 October 2013 - 7 March 2015

Taxonomic coverage
Chelonia mydas (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]

Occurrence of biota

Duke University; Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences; Marine Laboratory, more
Réseau Tortues Marines de Guadeloupe, moredata creator

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

Based on this dataset:
Coyne, M.S.; Godley, B.J. (2005). Satellite Tracking and Analysis Tool (STAT): an integrated system for archiving, analyzing and mapping animal tracking data. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 301: 1-7, more

Dataset status: In Progress
Data type: Data
Data origin: Research: field survey
Metadatarecord created: 2015-03-23
Information last updated: 2015-03-23
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