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Martinique hosts key areas defined as development habitats for green and hawksbill turtles. In this context, the local wildlife management and conservation structures and the National Action Plans recommend to study the importance of these feeding sites for sea turtles, in order to determine the dynamics of the populations and the identify the threats to them.

Conducted in partnership with the local institutions concerned, this project is part of the National Action Plan for the Protection of Marine Turtles in Martinique (coordinated by DEAL Martinique (Direction of the Environment, Planning and Housing of Martinique) and the ONF (Office National Des Forets). This project will allow the study of the evolution of sea turtle numbers in feeding areas, the study of turtle feeding areas nesting in Martinique by satellite tracking, the production of a synthesis of data on the range of turtles feeding in the French West Indies, and a study on fidelity to feeding sites by individual identification.

The project was initiated in 2010 by DEAL Martinique and the ONCFS (National Office for Hunting and Wildlife). To do this, turtles are caught on different sites such as the Preacher or St. Peter. They are then studied, by measurements and sampling, including by marking (via banding or beacons), 2 ARGOS SPOT 352A and 375 An tags have been deployed on green turtles to allow their tracking via the ARGOS satellite system.

It is not less than 101 turtles that were captured including 97 green turtles and 4 hawksbill turtles.

 

25.03.2018 Animal tracking applications Lilia Dmitrieva, Caspian seal ecology and conservation

The Caspian seal (Pusa caspica) is a small-bodied, ice-breeding phocid, endemic to the landlocked Caspian Sea in Central Asia. The species is listed as ‘Endangered’ by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), having declined by around 90% from a population exceeding 1 million individuals at the…
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18.03.2018 Animal tracking applications The lynxes of Jura

A video recently posted on Facebook by Jean-Marie Thévenard, shows the passage of three lynxes, a female and her two cubs, in a snowy Jura forest. The Argos beacon from CLS is used by the Athénas wild animal care center. Thus Gilles Moyne, the director of…
1st South American Wildlife Tracking Workshop

14.03.2018 Animal tracking applications Capture and study of marine turtles in Martinique

Martinique hosts key areas defined as development habitats for green and hawksbill turtles. In this context, the local wildlife management and conservation structures and the National Action Plans recommend to study the importance of these feeding sites for sea turtles, in order to determine the dynamics of the populations and…

16.03.2018 Animal tracking applications Eric Stéphan and Alexandra Rohr, Learning more about basking sharks with argos

Understanding and monitoring marine species is crucial for the development of coherent and effective management practices. That is why the French Agency for Marine Protected Areas, now part of the French Agency for Biodiversity, quickly realized the advantages of satellite-tracking marine species in collaboration with scientists. The…

12.03.2018 Animal tracking applications Keith Reid, Penguins show the way for marine spatial planning

The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) is responsible for the ecosystem-based management of fisheries in the Southern Ocean. The ‘ecosystem approach‘ means that the effects of commercial fishing must take into account not only harvested species (target species) but also dependent species, such as…
Etude de cas des tortues caouannes en haute mer

08.03.2018 Flash news Visit us at Oceanology International 2018

Tired of Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and Tower Bridge ? Get a breeze of fresh air at CLS booth (E300), at the OI2018, the best way to enjoy London next week! Our team of experts will be happy to see you and answer your question on telemetry services during…
1st South American Wildlife Tracking Workshop

01.03.2018 Flash news Tracking of sea turtles

One of our Argos customers recently deployed the first satellite tagged, hard shelled turtles (greens and hawksbills) in Papua New Guinea.  Its very exciting news in the turtle world! Conservation International and partner Eco-Custodian Advocates announced the successful tagging of two endangered species of sea turtles, the hawksbill…

05.03.2018 Animal tracking applications Katrina Phillips, Junevile sea turtles and Marine Protected Areas in the Gulf of Mexico

All sea turtles living in U.S. waters are listed as either endangered or threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act. Turtles face both natural threats and human-caused threats, including accidental capture in fishing gear, poaching and habitat destruction. The Gulf of Mexico is home to 5 of the…
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27.02.2018 Animal tracking applications ARGOS transmitter, dedicated to track small bird.

The ARGOS system is a unique worldwide satellite tracking and environmental monitoring system created by the French Space Agency CNES, the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration). Each month more than 8000 animals…

26.02.2018 Flash news New relationships between humans and animals

Digital technologies open new relationships between humans and animals. With sensors, ARGOS-GPS satellite systems and mini-cameras, scientists can now collect data on animal migration and behaviors on an unprecedented scale. Elephant seals collect crucial data when diving on the Southern Ocean “The elephant seals will go down, dive,…