Monthly Archives: September 2011

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Update on the satellite tagging project in Cape Verde

Observing platform sea turtle – A new interdisciplinary research project at IFM-GEOMAR - August 18, 2011, Kiel / Mindelo. In a new interdisciplinary research project, marine scientists from the Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences (IFM-GEOMAR) in Kiel, Germany study the dynamics of the world's third largest nesting population of the endangered loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) [...]

By | September 22nd, 2011|Allgemein, Kapverden|

Cape Verde’s Loggerhead Turtles Receive Endangered Status

Since 1978, Loggerhead turtles have been considered "Threatened" throughout their range. In 2011, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service split loggerhead turtles into 9 separate populations for conservation efforts. Today, 5 of those populations were designated as "Endangered", a status indicating the population is in danger of extinction throughout all or a significan portion of [...]

By | September 17th, 2011|Allgemein, Kapverden|

Some good news: Accidental sea turtle deaths drop 90% in U.S. fisheries

ScienceDaily (Sep. 14, 2011) — The number of sea turtles accidentally caught and killed in fishing gear in United States coastal waters has declined by an estimated 90 percent since 1990, according to a new study by researchers at Duke University Project GloBAL and Conservation International. The report, published in the scientific journal Biological Conservation, [...]

By | September 16th, 2011|Allgemein|

Follow up on the quad issue on Boa Vista

An article in the Portuguese newspaper A Semana describes meetings that will lead to greater restrictions on the use of quads on Boa Vista, including setting up routes that the quads may use without disturbing turtles or sensitive dunes and vegetation. The article is in Portuguese, but a rough translation is below. The article appears [...]

By | September 11th, 2011|Allgemein, Kapverden|

Trading english classrooms for a turtle camp

From Lynnette Miller, The first time I saw a turtle lay eggs was a magical night for me. Lying silently, breathlessly behind the turtle, watching this intimate process on the beautiful beach at Lacacao camp. I came to Boa Vista to teach, but I have learned more here than I ever could have hoped. For [...]

By | September 6th, 2011|Allgemein, Kapverden, Volontäre|

Quad bike tours on the beaches of Boavista – READ THIS before you rent one, or book a tour…

After a short trip to Varandinha and Santa Mónia beaches, it was appalling the see the quantity of quad bikes and cars on these beaches! Some people have turned these beaches into real motorways, regardless of the the fact that riding quads on the beaches is not only forbidden, but it is also detrimental for [...]

By | September 2nd, 2011|Allgemein, Kapverden|

Turtle Foundation featured in Year of the Turtle newsletter

2011 has been the Year of the Turtle, hosted by PARC (Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation) and turtle conservation groups. Most of the articles and events have been about terrestrial turtles and tortoises, but of course sea turtles are turtles, too! An article about Turtle Foundation and our work appears in the September newsletter [...]

By | September 1st, 2011|Allgemein|

Race to save the nests in Lacacão beach

The last week has seen an increase in ocean swell, causing the innundation most of the beaches in Boavista. Lacacão beach is notorious and well known for its total innundation several times a year. When this occurs during the middle of the nesting season, it can cause chaos and destruction on the nesting beach. Many [...]

By | September 1st, 2011|Allgemein, Kapverden|