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Discerning behavioral patterns of sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico to inform management decisions

December 30, 2022

The protection of all sea turtles globally is a high priority, and research projects on these imperiled species are focused on those that are likely to result in improvements in monitoring and management for population recovery. Determining distribution, seasonal movements, vital rates and habitat use for all life-stages of sea turtles has been identified by the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and US National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) as important for achieving recovery. This study provides information on in-water aggregations of sea turtles in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Data collected includes individual dive profiles, movements, seasonal site fidelity, genetic population structure, and isotopic signatures. 

Citation Information

Publication Year 2022
Title Discerning behavioral patterns of sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico to inform management decisions
Authors Kristen Hart, Margaret Lamont
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype Other Government Series
Index ID 70239321
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Wetland and Aquatic Research Center