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Scientists Tag 25 Loggerhead Turtles

June 21, 2011

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A team of researchers, including NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center staffers, has just tagged 25 loggerhead turtles in Mid-Atlantic waters. 

Turtles were captured, assessed, fitted with satellite tags as well as more conventional flipper tags, and then released back into the ocean. The team worked from two New-Jersey based sea scallopers, the 91-foot F/V Kathy Anne and the 65-foot F/V Ms Manya.   

The work is part of the largest survey of protected marine species along the East Coast ever attempted, covering waters from the coast out to 200 miles offshore. This cruise was supported by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) and the sea scallop industry, with catch set aside from their quota and used to fund research.

The team is part of the Northeast Sea Turtle Collaborative.  Partners include NOAA’s Northeast and Southeast Fisheries Science Centers, Coonamessett Farm Foundation (East Falmouth, Mass.), the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, the National Marine Life Center (Buzzards Bay, Mass.), and The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation (Long Island, N.Y.). 

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