A project of NC Renewable Ocean Energy Program in conjunction with the partners and sponsors detailed below.
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Researchers from NOAA, National Marine Fisheries Service and the UNC Coastal Studies Institute are investigating the use of Gulf Stream waters by sea turtles. We tagged five loggerhead sea turtles that were collected from North Carolina nests and raised in captivity, at the Pine Knoll Shores Aquarium. The turtles were tagged with solar-powered satellite transmitters (Microwave Telemetry) at the Roanoke Island Aquarium under the guidance of Dr. Kate Mansfield, who did a study upon which ours was based (Mansfield et al. 2014). The tagged turtles were released in Sargassum mats in the Gulf Stream off the coast of North Carolina.
This project is the result of collaboration between the Protected Resources Branch of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Beaufort Laboratory, the UNC Coastal Studies Institute, the North Carolina Aquariums at Pine Knoll Shores and Roanoke Island, and University of Central Florida.
The tagging and tracking of sea turtles in the Gulf Stream off the North Carolina coast is funded by the North Carolina Renewable Ocean Energy Program.