A project of Texas A&M University at Galveston in conjunction with the partners and sponsors detailed below.
|Name||Species||Life Stage||Release Date||Last Location||Days Transmitted|
|Bennie (RRV371/YYN753) - Sea Grant NRDA||Kemp's Ridley||Adult||2011-06-28||2012-03-02||248|
|Joy (RRV244) - Sea Grant NRDA||Kemp's Ridley||Adult||2011-05-18||2011-08-05||79|
|Silver (SSJ502) - Sea Grant NRDA||Kemp's Ridley||Adult||2011-05-04||2012-03-28||329|
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The Texas A&M University at Galveston (TAMUG) Sea Turtle and Fisheries Ecology Research Lab (STFERL) began satellite tagging females nesting on the upper Texas coast in 2005 to identify post-nesting movement, internesting interval, and nester habitat fidelity to this area. The STFERL's ongoing tracking program continues to fill informational voids related to in-water and nesting dynamics of Kemp's ridleys and generates data essential to revising the Kemp's Ridley Recovery Plan.
Other TAMUG STFERL tracks are available on the "TAMUG Kemp's Ridley Nesters 2007-2008", "TAMUG Kemp's Ridley Tracking 2007", "TAMUG Kemp's Ridley Tracking 2004-2006", "TAMUG Kemp's Ridley Tracking", "TAMUG Green Turtle Tracking", and "TAMUG Loggerhead Tracking" pages.
The TAMUG STFERL collaborates with the NOAA Fisheries Sea Turtle Facility in Galveston, Texas, to respond to nesting Kemp's ridleys on the upper Texas coast. Assistance with ultrasound imaging of nesters is provided by Houston Zoo veterinary staff.
Funding for nesting ridleys tracked by the STFERL in 2011 is provided by the Texas Sea Grant Program and the Department of Interior - Natural Resource Damage Assessment for the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, as well as donations made through seaturtle.org and Help Endangered Animals - Ridley Turtles (HEART). Additional support for purchase and maintence of patrol ATVs has been provided by the McGovern Foundation in Houston, TX and the Marine Biology Department and Research Office at TAMUG.
Posters, bookmarks, and stickers informing the public to report sea turtle sightings in Texas were printed by HEART/Sea Turtle Restoration Project (Gulf Office).
The Galveston County Road and Bridge Maintenance Division, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's Galveston Island State Park, and Brazoria County's San Luis Pass County Park have contributed additional logistical assistance by providing staging areas for ATV patrols.