The Sea Turtles 911-Hainan Normal University EcoPartnership aims to empower local communities to safeguard the health of the ocean, through 1) environmental monitoring of persistent organic pollutants (POP) and climate change impacts on marine turtles using gas chromatography, satellite tracking, and laparoscopy; 2) habitat restoration of sea grass beds using aquaculture techniques; and 3) ecotourism development for Chinese tourists to observe marines turtles in nature.
On January 15th, Sea Turtles 911 founder, Frederick Yeh, was joined by U.S. Ambassador Baucus and volunteers to release two satellite tagged turtles into the South China Sea. Under the auspices of the EcoPartnership, the movements of these turtles will be tracked for conservation research purposes. The satellite data will provide vital information on where to establish Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) to focus sea turtle conservation efforts efficiently. For more information, please visit the links below.