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|
|Captain Wick/TTC857||Kemp's Ridley||Juvenile||2005-09-06||2005-10-16||40|
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The Texas A&M University at Galveston (TAMUG) Sea Turtle and Fisheries Ecology Research Lab (STFERL) is using satellite telemetry to characterize Kemp's ridley movements and their use of nearshore habitats in the northwestern Gulf of Mexico. The STFERL's 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.
Other TAMUG STFERL tracks are available on the "TAMUG Kemp's Ridley Tracking 2007" and "TAMUG Green Turtle 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, TX; The Animal Rehabilitation Keep (ARK) in Port Aransas, TX; the USCG Station on South Padre Island, Texas; and the TAMUG Marine Biology Department.
2006: Texas General Land Office, Texas Sea Grant, TAMUG Marine Biology Department, and Schlumberger Excellence in Educational Development (SEED).
2005: NOAA Fisheries Galveston, Texas General Land Office, TAMUG Marine Biology Department, and the Sea World Busch Gardens Conservation Fund.
2004: TAMUG Texas Institute of Oceanography.
2004-2006: Posters informing the public to report sea turtle sightings in Texas were printed by Help Endangered Animals - Ridley Turtles (HEART)/Sea Turtle Restoration Project (Gulf Office).