The Turks and Caicos Islands Turtle Project
Working to protect a traditional resource
The Turks and Caicos Islands Turtle Project is working for better management of the marine turtle populations found in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Through groundbreaking biological and social research, this collaborative project aims to involve the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) Government and fishermen in the management and monitoring of the Islands’ traditional turtle fishery. The project also uses hi-tech satellite tagging of green and hawksbill turtles allowing us to follow their lives at sea to understand the full range of these highly migratory animals and to find out how best to protect these beautiful animals.
Since 2009 we have attached satellite transmitters to 22 green and hawksbill turtles. Suzie, an adult green turtle, was the first turtle to be tagged by the project, and surprised everyone by taking an incredible 6,000 km round trip over nine months before her transmitter stopped sending us data.
Since 2011 we have focussed on tracking sub-adult (“teenage”) green turtles. We have attached tags to 20 teenage turtles, and we are tracking some of these animals now.
Project partners include the University of Exeter, and the TCI Department of Environment and Coastal Resources (DECR) and School for Field Studies (SFS). The project is funded by MCS Ambassadors Anne and Simon Notley and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).
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UK Turtle Code
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