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Title: Tracking the sea turtle "lost years": early dispersal, survival, foraging ecology and habitat use of oceanic stage sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico
Short Name: Gulf of Mexico sea turtle neonate tracking
Status: In Work

The objectives of this project are to use both an empirical (satellite telemetry, oceanic drifters) and theoretical modeling approach to: 1) provide refined survival rates for oceanic juvenile sea turtles in the GOM; 2) quantify the fine-scale habitat use, movements and dispersal of oceanic stage sea turtles; 3) characterize the in-water habitats and foraging ecology of oceanic stage sea turtles; and 4) quantify and model active vs. passive behavior of the smallest oceanic turtles.


Juvenile oceanic developmental and foraging habitats are not defined for any federally protected sea turtle species. This project is determining locations of management concern including small and large scale areas where numerous young turtles are likely to be found in the Gulf of Mexico. Scientific information from this project is bridging the gaps in our understanding of early sea turtle life history in order to provide improved estimation of threats at foraging areas and along migration routes for oceanic stage sea turtles in the Gulf. We are using novel satellite tracking methods to accomplish project goals. This project provided the first satellite track(s) of wild-caught oceanic stage hawksbill, green and Kemp¿s ridley sea turtles.


Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None behavior
None Chelonia mydas
None dispersal
None Eretmochelys imbricata
None Green sea turtle
None habitat use
None Hawksbill
None Kemp's ridley
None Lepidochelys kempii
None movements
None oceanic stage
None satellite telemetry
None Sea turtle
None survival

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None Gulf of Mexico

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 24409
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:24409
Metadata Record Created By: Larisa Avens
Metadata Record Created: 2015-04-14 15:42+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: SysAdmin InPortAdmin
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2022-08-09 17:11+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2021-04-29
Owner Org: SEFSC
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Last Review Date: 2021-04-29
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year
Metadata Next Review Date: 2022-04-29