Latest News: Satellite Tracking of Marine Turtles in SWIOFP Component 5
Satellites tracking of marine turtles under the SWIOFP C-5 started with Mozambique. A team composed by AICM (Associaçao para Investigaçao Costeira e Marinha), CTV (Centro Terra Viva) and POPMR (Ponta do Ouro Partial Marine Reserve) deployed 3 satellite tags early February on loggerhead turtles at the end of the nesting season. The 3 turtles respectively named Lurdes, Esperança and Mingas just started their post nesting migration.In march Tanzania also started deploying the tags and very soon SWIOFP is expected to deploy more satellite tags in Madagascar, Kenya, Seychelles and Mauritius.
This project will allow identifying the main feeding sites of marine turtle nesting in the South West Indian Ocean and then contributes assessing interaction between marine turtle and industrial fisheries during their migration.
See below an interactive map showing the virtualization of the deployed tags.