Posted on 21 May 2009
Establish protocol for nesting beach monitoring and in-water monitoring for sea turtles at Glover’s Reef Marine Reserve (GRMR), and provide training to caye owners, Fisheries Department staff, and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) staff to conduct long-term monitoring program.
A presentation on sea turtles, their nesting behavior, and identification characteristics was given at the WCS research facility on Middle Cay, Glover’s Reef Marine Reserve.
The presentation included detailed information on identification of adults, hatchlings, eggs, and tracks of three species of turtles that occur at GRMR. Nesting habitat needs and threats, natural and man-made, were discussed.
Participants included six Fisheries Department staff, including the Managers of Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve, South Water Caye Marine Reserve, and GRMR, as well as a biologist and two rangers from the GRMR.
In addition, two land owners of GRMR cayes attended, and three WCS/Belize staff.
After the presentation, we visited Long Caye and Northeast Caye and discussed nesting habitat condition and artificial lighting. Handouts on species identification characteristics and artificial beach lighting were provided.