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TAMUG Kemp's Ridley Tracking 2007

A project of TAMUG Sea Turtle and Fisheries Ecology Research Lab in conjunction with the partners and sponsors detailed below.

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NameSpeciesLife StageRelease DateLast LocationDays Transmitted
Albert Thomas/RRV327 Kemp's RidleyJuvenile2007-05-012007-07-1272
Amber (RRV237) Kemp's RidleyAdult2007-05-182008-05-28376
Bennie (RRV371) Kemp's RidleyAdult2007-05-262009-05-05710
Carole/YYG748 Kemp's RidleyJuvenile2007-07-302007-10-1173
Haby/RRV329 Kemp's RidleyJuvenile2007-05-152007-07-0349
Kuzya/RRV333 Kemp's RidleyJuvenile2007-07-122007-09-0555
Lan Hai Yi/RRV335 Kemp's RidleyJuvenile2007-07-122007-07-2210
Maraisa/RRV309 Kemp's RidleyJuvenile2007-04-232007-06-1351
Mashed Potatoes (RRV235) Kemp's RidleyAdult2007-05-182008-08-27467
Rowey/YYG702 Kemp's RidleyJuvenile2007-06-142007-07-3147
Sandy/RRV321 Kemp's RidleySub-Adult2007-04-232007-08-06105
Sunny (SSH496) Kemp's RidleyAdult2007-05-182008-06-26405
Tallulah/RRV337 Kemp's RidleyJuvenile2007-08-142007-09-1734

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The Texas A&M University at Galveston (TAMUG) Sea Turtle and Fisheries Ecology Research Lab (STFERL) began using satellite telemetry in 2004 to characterize Kemp's ridley movements and their use of nearshore habitats in the northwestern Gulf of Mexico. The STFERL's ongoing tracking program should fill voids in our knowledge of the in-water and nesting dynamics of Kemp's ridleys and generate data essential to revising the Kemp's Ridley Recovery Plan. Ridleys tracked under this project will include individuals caught incidentally on recreational hook-and-line, individuals caught during TAMUG entanglement netting operations, and post-nesting females.

Other TAMUG STFERL tracks are available on the "TAMUG Kemp's Ridley Tracking 2004-2006", "TAMUG Green Turtle Tracking", and "TAMUG Loggerhead Tracking" pages.

Project Partners

The TAMUG STFERL is working in cooperation with the NOAA Fisheries Sea Turtle Facility in Galveston, Texas to respond to, house, and rehabilitate (when necessary) hook-and-line caught, stranded, and nesting Kemp's ridleys. We are also working with Houston Zoo veterinary staff, who examine, x-ray, and treat these turtles as necessary.

In-kind support for TAMUG netting operations and associated tracking is provided by the NOAA Sea Turtle Facility in Galveston, Texas; Sea Turtle Inc. in South Padre Island, Texas; The Animal Rehabilitation Keep (ARK) in Port Aransas, Texas; the USCG Station on South Padre Island, Texas; and the TAMUG Marine Biology Department.



Project Sponsors

The STFERL's 2007 ridley tracking is funded by the Texas General Land Office, Texas Sea Grant, TAMUG Marine Biology Department, Schlumberger Excellence in Educational Development (SEED), and Schlumberger-Houston, as well as by donations made through and Help Endangered Animals - Ridley Turtles (HEART).

Posters, bookmarks, and stickers informing the public to report sea turtle sightings in Texas were printed by HEART/Sea Turtle Restoration Project (Gulf Office).

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