­

Are we overestimating sea turtle populations?

A new paper out last month presents the possibility that typical sea turtle population assessment methods via foot patrols may be overestimating nesting populations by as much as a factor of 2. You can view it here.

The paper uses satellite tracking of nesting green turtles (Chelonia mydas) at their study site to show that they lay an average of […]

By |March 24th, 2017|Categories: Endangered species, herpetology, Turtles|0 Comments

Great news for the world’s marine mammals

I am always excited to report positive news (reported at length here).  Starting in the new year, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will require countries exporting seafood to the United States to demonstrate that their fisheries comply with the U.S. Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA).  The US is the world’s largest seafood importer and the MMPA is among […]

By |December 20th, 2016|Categories: Current Events, Endangered species, Marine Mammals, Overfishing, Policy|1 Comment

Tracking offshore migrations

Satellite tracking data is coming in for the 3 hawksbill sea turtles that received Platform Terminal Transmitters just over a month ago on Long Island, Antigua. The transmitters have 2 “saltwater switches” that, when exposed to air as the turtle surfaces to breathe, trigger the transmission of its location and stored sensor data (temperature, depth). So far we have been tracking […]

By |September 19th, 2016|Categories: Endangered species, migration, Turtles|Tags: , , |2 Comments

New Species of Silver Snake Is Extremely Endangered

National Geographic story here on the rare snake from Conception Island.

By |August 31st, 2016|Categories: Endangered species, herpetology|0 Comments

Hawksbill Hatchling Season in Antigua

DSCN0339

Shortly after 2am on July 24th, the Jumby Bay Hawksbill Project in Antigua observed our first hawksbill sea turtle hatchlings of the season! Hawksbills typically lay around 150 eggs that will incubate in their sandy chambers for 50-60 days. After hatching, the turtles will rest for one to two days while […]

By |August 27th, 2016|Categories: Endangered species, herpetology, Turtles|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Satellite tracking sea turtles

This month we are planning to deploy 3 satellite tracking devices onto 3 hawksbill females. These are known as Platform Terminal Transmitters (PTTs). They provide information on the offshore movements of sea turtles that are otherwise near impossible to study. Roughly 10 years ago, the Jumby Bay Hawksbill Project(JBHP) deployed 3 PTTs, so it will be interesting to revisit the research in […]

Antigua and Barbuda bans plastic bags

On July 1st, 2016, the nation of Antigua and Barbuda started its ban of single use plastic grocery bags. They join a movement to ban or tax single use plastic bags that involves many countries, states, and municipalities including much of Hawaii, Los Angeles, Chicago, the Netherlands, Italy, China, and others. Antigua and Barbuda’s commitment to this issue sets an example that even smaller […]

By |July 12th, 2016|Categories: Current Events, economy, Endangered species, Policy|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Nassau grouper recognized under the Endangered Species Act

The U.S. now recognizes Nassau grouper as a Threatened Species under the Endangered Species Act. Nassau grouper have been heavily harvested throughout its native range and many efforts are being placed to recover their populations (see here and here ). Along the Florida coastline they are considered to be commercially extinct, meaning their abundance is too low to harvest. This is a great recognition not only for grouper, but for all marine species as the Endangered Species Act currently protects only 139 marine species out of the 2,258 listed.  Click here and here to read the story on how Nassau grouper became listed. […]

By |June 30th, 2016|Categories: Endangered species, Enforcement|Tags: , |0 Comments

New Shark Database Launched

‘To unify shark conservation efforts worldwide, marine life experts have just launched a new database containing information on some of the planet’s most threatened sharks.

The online tool, called the “Database of measures on conservation and management of sharks,” also includes information on threatened skates, rays and chimaeras, which are all related to sharks. It was created by FAO-CITES, […]

By |June 13th, 2016|Categories: Endangered species, sharks|Tags: , |0 Comments

Undergraduate’s Perspective: Coral Review

Stemming from my last post (see here), I briefly mentioned coral transplantation and the species I am studying. However, I failed to recognize that a year ago all of the terms, ideas, and experiments were a bunch of individual puzzle pieces that I struggled to put together to get the complete picture. I went to The Bahamas with limited […]