A project of TAMUG Sea Turtle and Fisheries Ecology Research Lab in conjunction with the partners and sponsors detailed below.
|Name||Species||Life Stage||Release Date||Last Location||Days Transmitted|
|Albert Thomas/RRV327||Kemp's Ridley||Juvenile||2007-05-01||2007-07-12||72|
|Amber (RRV237)||Kemp's Ridley||Adult||2007-05-18||2008-05-28||376|
|Bennie (RRV371)||Kemp's Ridley||Adult||2007-05-26||2009-05-05||710|
|Lan Hai Yi/RRV335||Kemp's Ridley||Juvenile||2007-07-12||2007-07-22||10|
|Mashed Potatoes (RRV235)||Kemp's Ridley||Adult||2007-05-18||2008-08-27||467|
|Sunny (SSH496)||Kemp's Ridley||Adult||2007-05-18||2008-06-26||405|
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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.
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.
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 Seaturtle.org 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).