Aerial Surveys, Palawan, Philippines (2010-2016)

Western Pacific leatherback sea turtle populations have declined 83% over the last five decades and are considered Critically Endangered according to IUCN. Protection of the remaining leatherback sea turtles in the Western Pacific is essential for population recovery, and this protection needs to extend to in-water habitats, where turtles spend the vast portion of their lives. But the protection of leatherback turtles at sea requires first-hand knowledge of their distribution in time and space, thus determining at-sea distributions and threats is essential for leatherback protection, restoration, and management

Tracking Loggerhead Turtles from Masirah Island, Oman (2008)

This project tracked the post-reproduction movements of loggerhead turtles at one of the world’s largest nesting aggregation of loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta), Masirah Island, Sultanate of Oman, including investigation of clutch frequency, site fidelity, migration routes. The latter also helped to reveal intersections with threats, such as those associated with fisheries, hydrocarbon exploration, shipping…

Sulu Sulawesi Seascape Regional Plan of Action (2007)

Turtles are an important component of marine ecosystems, they offer benefits far beyond the tangible, and thus their conservation is a public process, not that of a handful of dedicated individuals. Effective conservation thus requires a widespread awareness campaign, coupled with programmes which provide alternative livelihoods to those affected by conservation activities, supported by quality…

Capacity Building and Satellite Tracking of Turtles in Vietnam (2006-2007)

  The Marine Research Foundation assisted WWF Vietnam to implement sea turtle management training at Con Dao Island, working with trainees from Con Dao National Park and other staff trainees from Ninh Thuan and Quang Tri provinces, in addition to national government officials, to build their capacity to effectively implement a systematic sea turtle monitoring,…

Identification of secondary foraging grounds for green sea turtles in Malaysia (2005-2006)

Marine turtles in SE Asia are in dire need of conservation action. With long maturation periods and low survival, they have extremely slow replenishment rates. A population which has been depleted can take several centuries to recover. However, understanding the needs of the turtles also depends heavily the understanding of the extent of habitat use…