We recognized the potential impact that an improved understanding of sea turtle migration could mean for sea turtle conservation.
Since then, we have seen the population recover from about 8 green sea turtles to over 300 in recent years. While we primarily attribute this to the removal of threats, we realize that in order to advance conservation efforts, monitoring must extend beyond the brief period sea turtles are on land.
It is estimated that sea turtles spend over 90 percent of their time navigating the ocean while migrating between foraging, mating and nesting areas. If monitoring only takes place during the short time they are on land, we are missing a large part of their story.
Globally, hundreds of thousands of sea turtles are accidentally caught in fishing nets, hunted for consumption, captured for black market trade, or affected by development and habitat loss every year. By identifying where sea turtle populations come into contact with threats, we can help to conserve these charismatic creatures.