Marine Conservation

Hermes Heads West!

Hermes Heads West -Yonat Swimmer, NOAA PIFSC In 2008, a collaborative, multiyear project was started in the southwest Mediterranean Sea to investigate methods to reduce incidental capture of sea turtles with longline fishing gear and to better understand the impact of these interactions on the physiology and movements of turtles incidentally captured. Part of the study was to compare blood biochemistries and movements of turtles that had been caught and released from fishing gear, while a control group would be from turtles that were free-swimming prior to capture. This collaboration has been...

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National Save the Sea Turtle Grant Award!

In April, Inwater Research Group (IRG) was awarded a $31,350 grant from the National Save the Sea Turtle Foundation.  The grant has staffed a part-time educator to create interactive and exciting curricula for local schools at no cost.  The grant will also allow an IRG presence at school functions such as Science Nights, Career Days and Science Fairs.  In addition, IRG will be offering other services such as science project ideas and data as well as after school programs to students at no cost. Teachers and students can access this information once it becomes available at inwater.org. ...

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Summer/Fall 2013 Wrap-up!!

IRG knew this year was going to be busy but we didn’t realize it was going to be crazy! A lot has happened in the past few months and the IRG team apologizes for not passing it along in the blog or on Facebook as much as we would have liked. The good news is that we’ve been up to our necks in turtles and have some good things to report!   First, sea turtle nesting on South Hutchinson Island has enjoyed another great year. Our 19 km of nesting beach had only 66 leatherback nests this year. While this was a relatively low number, leatherbacks have had record breaking nesting across the...

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Thanks to The Warnell School at the University of Georgia!

For the past decade, IRG has collected DNA samples from turtles during many of our research trips to determine the genetic origin of individual turtles that are captured.  This year a great deal of financial support was provided by the Warnell School at the University of Georgia to sequence haplotypes for these DNA samples. We would just like to take a minute and express our deepest gratitude to the Warnell School, the University of Georgia, and our ongoing research...

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Seining the Indian River Lagoon

This Saturday, Inwater Research Group members Blair and Dawn Witherington accompanied 20 energetic students and watchful parents to pull seine nets through the Indian River Lagoon near Sebastian Inlet. The students had a chance to see and learn about a variety of lagoon inhabitants such as pipefish, mojarras, tonguefish, gobies, bay whiffs, mullet, jacks, croakers, spider crabs, blue crabs, mud crabs, sea squirts, tunicates, and shrimp. The kids took part in the netting, handled curious critters caught, and asked numerous probing questions about the lagoon and its inhabitants. Although the...

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IRG goes to Florida Bay

Florida Bay, located at the southern tip of Florida, is an important habitat for sea turtles. State and federal biologists have worked for years to capture loggerheads and gather data in Florida Bay to establish long-term trends that are essential to monitor and investigate overall health and any changes in the habitat. Each year, 75-100 live loggerheads are captured and examined from Rabbit Key Basin, Twin Key Basin and Arsnicker Basin during 10 days of sampling. Each year, IRG has supported this project by donating the use of our 24 ft Carolina Skiff research vessel and the time and...

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