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Loggerhead turtle movements in the Southern California Bight
Citation
Jeffrey Seminoff and Tomo Eguchi . 2016. Loggerhead turtle movements in the Southern California Bight. Data downloaded from OBIS-SEAMAP (http://seamap.env.duke.edu/dataset/1265) on yyyy-mm-dd.
Contact: Eguchi, Tomo

Access data
Archived data
Availability: Creative Commons License This dataset is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

Notes: Only data aggregated per 1-degree cell are available through OBIS. For access to additional data, the provider needs to be contacted.

Description
Endangered North Pacific loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta) are distributed widely throughout the North Pacific Ocean. Scientists have known that juvenile loggerhead turtles originating from Japanese nesting beaches cross the Pacific Ocean to access the productive waters off the Pacific Coast of North America, although the movements of these loggerhead turtles in U.S. waters of southern California are poorly understood. This project's goal is to track the movements of juvenile loggerheads in this portion of the California Current Large Marine Ecosystem. Understanding their movement patterns, and how they relate to oceanographic conditions in the region will provide significant information for management efforts aimed at reducing human impacts to loggerheads in this area. more

This project is under the leadership of scientists at the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). This federal organization is responsible for effective management of our U.S. based fisheries. To do so requires that management decisions be based on the best available science. This project is developed to generate such information, particularly as it relates to fisheries time-area closures in the Southern California Bight.

This project is a collaboration among scientists at the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service's Southwest Fisheries Science Center in La Jolla, CA, and the NMFS West Coast Regional Office in Long Beach, CA. The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, CA is a key partner and has served as the rehabilitation institution for two turtles (Coco and Char Char) tracked so far as part of this project. Additional partners include ICAPO and Ralph Pace Photography. The NMFS permit number for Coco's satellite tracking research is 14510.

Only data aggregated per 1-degree cell are available through OBIS. For access to additional data, the provider needs to be contacted.


Scope
Themes:
Biology > Reptiles
Keywords:
Marine, Satellite tracking, INE, USA, California, Southern California Bight, Caretta caretta (Linnaeus, 1758)

Geographical coverage
INE, USA, California, Southern California Bight

Temporal coverage
15 April 2015 - 16 February 2016

Taxonomic coverage
Caretta caretta (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]

Parameter
Occurrence of biota

Contributors
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; Fisheries Service; Southwest Fisheries Science Center (SWFSC), moredata creator

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


Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data
Data origin: Monitoring
Metadatarecord created: 2016-05-26
Information last updated: 2016-06-02
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