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Title: captive_log_2010.csv
Status: Completed
Abstract:

The NOAA Galveston Laboratory has been raising sea turtles in captivity since 1977. Most notable is the Kemp's ridley headstart program [1978-1992] which captive reared up to 2,000 Kemp's ridley hatchlings per year until they were large enough to receive up to 4 tags, then they were released into the wild in the Gulf of Mexico. From 1978-1989, Kemp's ridley eggs were taken from the nesting beach at Rancho Nuevo, Tamaulipas, Mexico and artificially incubated at Padre Island National Seashore [PINS] near Corpus Christi, TX. When the hatchlings emerged, they were allowed to imprint on the beach at PINS and briefly swim in the Gulf of Mexico before they were netted and transported to the NOAA Galveston Laboratory for headstarting. Kemp's ridleys were tagged starting with the living tag at 7-9 months of age, then flipper tagged, coded wire tag, and passive integrated transponder tag [PIT starting in the late 1980s] just prior to release. Kemp's yearlings from 1978-1992 were primarily released offshore of Padre Island in the Gulf of Mexico. Starting in 1990, Kemp's ridleys hatchlings [2,000 per year] that were imprinted at Rancho Nuevo, Mexico, were brought directly to NOAA Galveston for headstarting. These yearling Kemp's ridleys were released offshore of Galveston, Texas. From 1993-2000, 180-200 Kemp's ridly hatchlings were gifted to NOAA Galveston from the government of Mexico and these hatchlings were captive reared in the same manner as headstarted turtles, but were released offshore of Galveston, Texas. Post-headstart Kemp's ridleys were used for testing and evaluating Turtle Excluder Devices [TEDs] and for physiology and tag development experiments. In 2013, 100 Kemp's ridley hatchlings were collected from 3 nests on South Padre Island, Texas, and they were captive reared for a year and used for testing TEDs for skimmer trawls. The 2013 year class Kemp's ridleys were released offshore of South Padre Island in 2014. In preparation for Kemp's ridleys starting in 1978, the NOAA Galveston Laboratory received 2,000 loggerhead hatchlings in 1977 to test sea turtle rearing facilities which were modified shrimp rearing tanks. During the Kemp's ridley headstart program, Florida loggerheads were raised alongside the Kemp's ridleys. The captive rearing of loggerheads was not part of the headstart program. Loggerheads were used as both yearling and 2 year olds for developing and certifying TEDs. From 2001-2016 [except 2013], the NOAA Galveston Laboratory raised only Florida loggerheads sourced as hatchlings from beaches in Clearwater, Sarasota, Ft. Lauderdale, Boca Raton, Juno Beach, and Melbourne Beach, Florida. The loggerhead captive rearing program was a joint project with the State of Florida's Department of Environmental Protection [FDEP] and then the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission [FWC]. Loggerhead hatchlings were collected post emergence in cages, or excavated just prior to emergence depending on the location of collection. In 1996, a wild loggerhead sea turtle nested on the Bolivar Peninsula, Texas and the eggs were sent to PINS for incubation. Thirty of the 1996 Texas loggerhead hatchlings from the Bolivar clutch were collected at PINS and transported to NOAA Galveston for captive rearing and use in tag development and TED testing research. Loggerheads were used for a variety of physiology, pharmacokinetic, sensory and behavioral experiments as well as tag development, hook and bait research related to the pelagic longline fishery. Loggerheads were captive reared for up to 4 years depending on the research need. During captive rearing, sea turtles are regularly weighed and measured, usually on a 4 week interval. Morphometric measurements such as carapace length, carapace width, body depth and weight are taken to track growth and health. Measurements may be taken on all sea turtles within a year class or a smaller sub-set and the average used for the entire year class. Morphometric measurements may be taken more frequently than every 4 weeks if a critical need arises for a specific sized sea turtle for research project. When tags are applied, the codes and locations of those tags are recorded in the database corresponding to the year class of the sea turtles. Sometimes multiple tags of the same kind were applied as part of tag research programs. When research is completed, the turtles are released back into the wild in a location that best matches the natural location where a sea turtle of that size might be found. Florida loggerheads were typically released back in Florida waters or Federal waters offshore of the State of Florida. Body weight is used to calculate food rations and sea turtles are raised to whatever size is required for fisheries research. A two-year-old loggerhead raised at the NOAA Galveston Laboratory is the scientific standard for testing and certifying TEDs. The two-year-old loggerhead is used as a surrogate for a 2-3-year-old Kemp's ridley, which is the smallest size sea turtle encountered in the Gulf of Mexico [GOM] shrimp fishery in the and Southeast Atlantic in the USA. The NOAA Galveston Laboratory is the only place in the world where sea turtles are raised in captivity specifically for fisheries research. Records on the feeding rates of each species, of each yearclass are maintained daily as are data on water quality, animal husbandry cleaning schedules, number of people visiting the facility, and general maintenance.

Purpose:

Monitor growth of captive sea turtles

Supplemental Information:

Bloated-Designation for a turtle that is experiencing unusually high bouyancy

Boca Dry-Abbreviation for turtles that came from Boca Raton, Florida and which were excavated from sand as hatchlings

Boca Wet-Abbreviation for turtles that came from Boca Raton, Florida and which were collected from the Gumbo Limbo Laboratory and were already swimming in seawater

Cage-Refers to a type of rearing container used for rearing sea turtles from year one through year 2

CC-Abbreviation for Caretta caretta the scientific name for loggerhead sea turtle

Cc2005-68-This is form of identification of the 68th turtle from the 2005 yearclass loggerheads to have experienced some form of health problem requiring individual treatment

Crate-Refers to a type of rearing container used for rearing sea turtles from hatchlings to year one

FCA-First Care Area. This is a semi-quarantine area within the Turtle Barn where turtles receive treatment for various ailments

Feeder-Is a calibrated measuring device that is used to distribute pellet food to sea turtles.

g-Abbreviation for grams, a metric unit of measurement

Juno-Abbreviation for turtles that were collected as hatchlings at Juno Beach, Florida

N/A- Not applicable

PeeWee- Nickname given to an undersized turtle

Pellet-A pellet is one type of turtle food, normally referring to a 3/16" diameter floating extruded diet manufactured by Purina

pH-Is a measurement of the power of the hydrogen ion and refers to the level of acidity or alkalinity of seawater

Pompano Dry-Abbreviation for turtles that came from Pompano Beach, Florida and which were excavated from sand as hatchlings

Pompano Wet-Abbreviation for turtles that came from Pompano Beach, Florida and which were collected and allowed to swim in seawater before NOAA took possession

pos-Abbreviation for position. The turtles are arranged in containers within tanks and raceways and each container represents a position which allows us to identify individual turtles

Redwood-Refers to the main seawater storage tanks from which other seawater storage tanks are filled by gravity

RW-Abbreviation for Raceway. A raceway is a rectangular holding tank 20' long by 6' wide by 2' or 3' deep

Sh-Abbreviation for Show Tank. This is a 6 foot diameter, 3' deep fiberglass holding tank

Show-Abbreviation for Show Tank. This is a 6 foot diameter, 3' deep fiberglass holding tank

Showtank-Abbreviation for Show Tank. This is a 6 foot diameter, 3' deep fiberglass holding tank

Shw-Abbreviation for Show Tank. This is a 6 foot diameter, 3' deep fiberglass holding tank

Sickbay-Quarantine building for sick sea turtles, also known as the sea turtle hospital

Sock-This is a felt filter sock used for filtering incoming seawater and/or used in a cannister type filter to filter materials in a recirculating seawater system

SSS836-SSS is a series of metal flipper tag codes. The numerical portion of the code is the individual turtles' identification number within the SSS series

T17-The T is an abbreviation for tank in the Wetlab Building recirculating seawater system. The number refers to the individual tank in the system from 1 to 19

TEXASAM-Texas A&M University at Galveston

VIP-Refers to a person or persons who came through on a sea turtle tour that were part of a special group designated by the laboratory director, visiting researchers, officals, and dignataries

W&M-Abbreviation for weigh and measure which refers to the process of weighing and measuring the turtles

WL-Abbreviation for Wetlab buidling

Keywords

Temporal Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
UNCONTROLLED
None 2010

Entity Information

Entity Type: Spreadsheet
Description:

The database contains daily records of sea turtle inventories by species feeding rates type of food fed sick sea turtles sea turtles that have died log of tanks cleaned and any comments on sea turtles being watched for feeding abnormalities, bloating, or other behavioral issues.

Data Attributes

Attribute Summary

Rubric Score Primary Key? Name Type Description
100
DATE CHARACTER Date of recorded measurement. Day/Month/Year
100
SCHOOLS NUMERIC Number of tour participants from schools
100
PUBLIC NUMERIC Number of tour participants from general public
100
VIP NUMERIC Number of tour participants classified as very important people, i.e. visiting researchers, dignitaries, other NOAA employees
100
TEXAS_AM NUMERIC Number of tour participants brought to the facility by Texas A&M University programs
100
Other NUMERIC Number of visitors from other locations
100
DRAIN_TURTLE_BARN CHARACTER Cleaning schedule for the Turtle Barn building
100
DRAIN_WETLAB CHARACTER Cleaning schedule for the Wetlab building
100
Cc2005 NUMERIC Number of 2005 year class captive loggerhead sea turtles in the facility
100
Cc2006 NUMERIC Number of 2006 year class captive loggerhead sea turtles in the facility
100
Cc2007 NUMERIC Number of 2007 year class captive loggerhead sea turtles in the facility
100
Cc2008 NUMERIC Number of 2008 year class captive loggerhead sea turtles in the facility
100
Cc2009 NUMERIC Number of 2009 year class captive loggerhead sea turtles in the facility
100
Cc2010 NUMERIC Number of 2010 year class captive loggerhead sea turtles in the facility
100
CC2005_FEED_AM CHARACTER Amount of food fed and type of food fed to the 2005 year class loggerheads in the morning
100
CC2005_FEED_PM CHARACTER Amount of food fed and type of food fed to the 2005 year class loggerheads in the afternoon
100
Cc2006_FEED_AM CHARACTER Amount of food fed and type of food fed to the 2006 year class loggerheads in the morning
100
Cc2006_FEED_PM CHARACTER Amount of food fed and type of food fed to the 2006 year class loggerheads in the afternoon
100
Cc2007_FEED_AM CHARACTER Amount of food fed and type of food fed to the 2007 year class loggerheads in the morning
100
Cc2007_FEED_PM CHARACTER Amount of food fed and type of food fed to the 2007 year class loggerheads in the afternoon
100
Cc2008_FEED_AM CHARACTER Amount of food fed and type of food fed to the 2008 year class loggerheads in the morning
100
Cc2008_FEED_PM CHARACTER Amount of food fed and type of food fed to the 2008 year class loggerheads in the afternoon
100
Cc2009_FEED_AM CHARACTER Amount of food fed and type of food fed to the 2009 year class loggerheads in the morning
100
Cc2009_FEED_PM CHARACTER Amount of food fed and type of food fed to the 2009 year class loggerheads in the afternoon
100
Cc2010_FEED_AM CHARACTER Amount of food fed and type of food fed to the 2010 year class loggerheads in the morning
100
Cc2010_FEED_PM CHARACTER Amount of food fed and type of food fed to the 2010 year class loggerheads in the afternoon
100
COMMENTS CHARACTER Notes on anything out of the ordinary

Attribute Details

DATE

CC ID: 764126
Seq. Order: 1
Data Storage Type: CHARACTER
Max Length: 10
Required: No
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

Date of recorded measurement. Day/Month/Year

SCHOOLS

CC ID: 764134
Seq. Order: 2
Data Storage Type: NUMERIC
Max Length: 4
Required: No
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

Number of tour participants from schools

PUBLIC

CC ID: 764133
Seq. Order: 3
Data Storage Type: NUMERIC
Max Length: 4
Required: No
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

Number of tour participants from general public

VIP

CC ID: 764136
Seq. Order: 4
Data Storage Type: NUMERIC
Max Length: 4
Required: No
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

Number of tour participants classified as very important people, i.e. visiting researchers, dignitaries, other NOAA employees

TEXAS_AM

CC ID: 764135
Seq. Order: 5
Data Storage Type: NUMERIC
Max Length: 4
Required: No
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

Number of tour participants brought to the facility by Texas A&M University programs

Other

CC ID: 764132
Seq. Order: 6
Data Storage Type: NUMERIC
Max Length: 4
Required: No
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

Number of visitors from other locations

DRAIN_TURTLE_BARN

CC ID: 764127
Seq. Order: 7
Data Storage Type: CHARACTER
Max Length: 30
Required: No
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

Cleaning schedule for the Turtle Barn building

DRAIN_WETLAB

CC ID: 764128
Seq. Order: 8
Data Storage Type: CHARACTER
Max Length: 30
Required: No
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

Cleaning schedule for the Wetlab building

Cc2005

CC ID: 764095
Seq. Order: 13
Data Storage Type: NUMERIC
Max Length: 3
Required: No
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

Number of 2005 year class captive loggerhead sea turtles in the facility

Cc2006

CC ID: 764096
Seq. Order: 14
Data Storage Type: NUMERIC
Max Length: 3
Required: No
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

Number of 2006 year class captive loggerhead sea turtles in the facility

Cc2007

CC ID: 764099
Seq. Order: 15
Data Storage Type: NUMERIC
Max Length: 3
Required: No
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

Number of 2007 year class captive loggerhead sea turtles in the facility

Cc2008

CC ID: 764102
Seq. Order: 16
Data Storage Type: NUMERIC
Max Length: 3
Required: No
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

Number of 2008 year class captive loggerhead sea turtles in the facility

Cc2009

CC ID: 764105
Seq. Order: 17
Data Storage Type: NUMERIC
Max Length: 3
Required: No
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

Number of 2009 year class captive loggerhead sea turtles in the facility

Cc2010

CC ID: 764108
Seq. Order: 18
Data Storage Type: NUMERIC
Max Length: 3
Required: No
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

Number of 2010 year class captive loggerhead sea turtles in the facility

CC2005_FEED_AM

CC ID: 764093
Seq. Order: 33
Data Storage Type: CHARACTER
Max Length: 15
Required: No
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

Amount of food fed and type of food fed to the 2005 year class loggerheads in the morning

CC2005_FEED_PM

CC ID: 764091
Seq. Order: 34
Data Storage Type: CHARACTER
Max Length: 15
Required: No
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

Amount of food fed and type of food fed to the 2005 year class loggerheads in the afternoon

Cc2006_FEED_AM

CC ID: 764097
Seq. Order: 35
Data Storage Type: CHARACTER
Max Length: 15
Required: No
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

Amount of food fed and type of food fed to the 2006 year class loggerheads in the morning

Cc2006_FEED_PM

CC ID: 764098
Seq. Order: 36
Data Storage Type: CHARACTER
Max Length: 15
Required: No
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

Amount of food fed and type of food fed to the 2006 year class loggerheads in the afternoon

Cc2007_FEED_AM

CC ID: 764100
Seq. Order: 37
Data Storage Type: CHARACTER
Max Length: 15
Required: No
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

Amount of food fed and type of food fed to the 2007 year class loggerheads in the morning

Cc2007_FEED_PM

CC ID: 764101
Seq. Order: 38
Data Storage Type: CHARACTER
Max Length: 15
Required: No
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

Amount of food fed and type of food fed to the 2007 year class loggerheads in the afternoon

Cc2008_FEED_AM

CC ID: 764103
Seq. Order: 39
Data Storage Type: CHARACTER
Max Length: 15
Required: No
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

Amount of food fed and type of food fed to the 2008 year class loggerheads in the morning

Cc2008_FEED_PM

CC ID: 764104
Seq. Order: 40
Data Storage Type: CHARACTER
Max Length: 15
Required: No
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

Amount of food fed and type of food fed to the 2008 year class loggerheads in the afternoon

Cc2009_FEED_AM

CC ID: 764106
Seq. Order: 41
Data Storage Type: CHARACTER
Max Length: 15
Required: No
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

Amount of food fed and type of food fed to the 2009 year class loggerheads in the morning

Cc2009_FEED_PM

CC ID: 764107
Seq. Order: 42
Data Storage Type: CHARACTER
Max Length: 15
Required: No
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

Amount of food fed and type of food fed to the 2009 year class loggerheads in the afternoon

Cc2010_FEED_AM

CC ID: 764109
Seq. Order: 43
Data Storage Type: CHARACTER
Max Length: 15
Required: No
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

Amount of food fed and type of food fed to the 2010 year class loggerheads in the morning

Cc2010_FEED_PM

CC ID: 764110
Seq. Order: 44
Data Storage Type: CHARACTER
Max Length: 15
Required: No
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

Amount of food fed and type of food fed to the 2010 year class loggerheads in the afternoon

COMMENTS

CC ID: 764094
Seq. Order: 57
Data Storage Type: CHARACTER
Max Length: 300
Required: No
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

Notes on anything out of the ordinary

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 53142
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:53142
Metadata Record Created By: Lee M Weinberger
Metadata Record Created: 2018-07-26 16:39+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