It was another successful trip for the Sea Turtle Restoration groups PRETOMA and STRP. Lead by Randall Arauz, the President of PRETOMA and Todd Steiner, the Executive Director of STRP, they tagged two green sea turtles, securing both with satellite tags.
The tracking tags provide valuable data that is used as part of a long-term research study. Researchers are trying to better understand the importance of Cocos Island for highly pelagic species that migrate throughout the Pacific. The ultimate goal is to then use this information to establish protected migration corridors. A newly launched online tracking system allows users to track turtles that are part of the Cocos Island Monitoring And Research Project (C-MAR).
PRETOMA's Adopt a Turtle Program
We are thrilled to announce that we are now the proud adopted parents of a green sea turtle tagged during the expedition. We nicknamed him Argo and by clicking on the link below you can follow Argo as he makes his way around Cocos Island and beyond. Visit PRETOMA's Adopt a Turtle Program to learn about how you can adopt a tagged turtle.
Joining one of these expedition trips is a great way to dive Cocos while simultaneously supporting the efforts of these incredible organizations. Visit their website to learn more about future expeditions to Cocos Island.
PRETOMA Programa Restauración de Tortugas Marinas is a Costa Rican non-profit NGO founded in 1997. They are a marine conservation and research organization working to protect ocean resources and promote sustainable fisheries policies in Costa Rica and Central America. www.pretoma.org
STRP The Sea Turtle Restoration Project’s Mission: To protect and restore endangered sea turtles and marine biodiversity worldwide in ways that incorporate the ecological needs of marine species and the economic needs of local communities, both of which share our common marine environment. They accomplish this mission through grassroots and policy-maker education, consumer empowerment, strategic litigation and by promoting sustainable local, national and international marine policies. www.seaturtles.org