Bermuda remains a 'hot spot' for young Sea Turtles according to Biologists

Bermuda Turtle Project 2017 Field Season Report available now

In keeping the SPAW sub-programme’s continued work under the Conservation of Threatened and Endangered Species, particularly in the area of marine turtles and with partners such as the Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network (WIDECAST), we are pleased to present a very interesting report on the status of Bermuda’s turtle monitoring project.

The Bermuda Turtle Project (BTP) had a busy session in August gathering data at 14 research sites, setting our new 1400’ net 16 times, and catching 194 green turtles. While once productive sites like the Crescent, Fort St. Catherine and Grotto Bay had no turtles or seagrass present, Baileys Bay and Somerset Long Bay continue to yield high numbers of juveniles. Among the capture were 68 turtles that had been previously tagged, most in the same site as their original capture; one had a 12-year BTP history.

In pursuit of our mission to protect sea turtles through research and education, field sampling took place in conjunction with the 21st International In-Water Course which brings students to Bermuda to learn about sea turtle biology and conservation. BTP is building capacity and enhancing relationships with overseas jurisdictions, in particular, those with responsibilities to help manage the source populations for Bermuda’s turtles.

Read the full Bermuda Turtle Project 2017 Field Season Report here.