US TED History

TED development in the U.S between 1978-present day 1978 Sea turtle became protected under the U.S Endangered Species Act,. Incidental captures in trawl nets were made illegal, certain areas were closed to shrimping, tow times were reduced and fishing gear was modified to reduce capture rates. 1980 The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) began to…

Proposed Rapong Exploration Drilling Campaign at Block A, Offshore Brunei Darussalam (2015-Aug 2016)

MRF was contracted by Chemsain (B) Sdn Bhd to provide marine inspection and video expertise for the Environmental Baseline Study for the Rapong Exploration Drilling Campaign at Block A, Offshore Brunei Darussalam commissioned by Shell Deepwater Borneo. Sea floor characteristics and marine organisms inhabiting these areas were assessed by conducting 15-30 minute investigational dives using a…

Block N EBS, Brunei (2015)

The Block N (Brunei) project used a Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) and sidescan on behalf of support of the Petronas Carigali Brunei Limited Block N Exploration Drilling Campaign. The project entailed the use of a dual channel, high resolution, sidescan sonar linked to GPS data feed with setback adjustment, using the speed over ground to…

Block N EBS, Sabah, Malaysia (2015)

This desktop review project was undertaken by MRF on behalf of Chemsain Konsultant Sdn Bhd for the Block N Deepwater Exploration Campaign commissioned by Total Exploration & Production Malaysia. The project was carried out in support of a desktop Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA), prior to seismic surveys. MRF was contracted to review, update…

Capacity building in the Solomon Islands to enhance leatherback sea turtle conservation (2014-2015)

Pacific leatherback turtle populations have declined alarmingly over the past 25 years, and for management and recovery efforts to be effective, obtaining accurate estimates of current abundance and distribution of critical habitats is essential. In some locations there are summer nesting turtles which remain unstudied and which are of particular interest to conservationists today, as…

Science-based expansion of the tri-national turtle corridor, Sulu Sulawesi Seascape (2014-present)

Marine turtles are critical members of marine ecosystems. Green turtles are important for maintaining healthy seagrass beds and coral reefs. Without constant grazing, seagrass beds become overgrown, obstructing currents, shading the bottom, or decomposing. Seagrass beds are nurseries for a number of species of commercial fish and crustaceans, including shrimp. On coral reefs, green turtles…