Image courtesy Sea Turtle Conservancy & Sea Turtle Survival League
Satellite Telemetry - Historical Tracks
Belize Fisheries Department
The use of satellite telemetry to monitor the migration of sea turtles was launched in 2000 when the Belize Fisheries Department applied the first satellite tag on a nesting hawksbill at Gales Point. The project was a collaboration with NOAA/NMFS and other Caribbean nations interested in monitoring sea turtle migration across borders. That year three sea turtles migrated through Belize, they are:
Marymount University & Hawksbill Hope
Dr Todd Rimkus, professor at Marymount University and founder of Hawksbill Hope, has been visiting Belize since 2011. Each summaryThrough his program 30 turtles have been tagged. tags that have been made available for members of the Belize Sea Turtle Conservation Network to apply to sea turtles in Belize. Turtle Network members work in close collaboration with the Belize Fisheries Department in tagging nesting turtles, and turtles captured during in-water surveys. The goal is to learn more about the turtle species nesting and foraging in Belize and how they migrate through our waters. Two injured and rehabilitated turtles were also tagged.
Started tagging turtles in Glovers in 2014
Have tagged 8 turtles.
Tagged four turtles in 2015.
SUMMARY OF TURTLES WITH SATELLITE TAGS BY COUNTRY OF ORIGIN
Gales Point - Gales Point Wildlife Sanctuary
Half Moon Caye - Belize Audubon Society
Lighthouse Reef Atoll - MAR Alliance
Gallow's Point - ECOMAR
Glover's Reef Atoll - ECOMAR
Glover's Reef Atoll - Wildlife Conservation Society
Port Honduras Marine Reserve - TIDE
BARBADOS - University of the West Indies
CAYMAN ISLANDS - Department of Environment
COSTA RICA - Sea Turtle Conservancy
JAMAICA - NOAA
MEXICO - NOAA