Bermuda National Trust
P.O. Box HM61
Hamilton HM AX
Tel: (441) 236-6483 ext 223
Fax: (441) 236-0617
Species: Foraging greens and hawksbills
Objectives: The Bermuda Turtle Project is a collaborative effort between the Bermuda Aquarium Museum and Zoo and the Caribbean Conservation Corporation with Drs. Peter and Anne Meylan as scientific directors. The goal of the project is to promote the conservation of marine turtles in Bermuda and elsewhere, through research and education. Efforts are focused on foraging green and hawksbill turtles in the developmental habitat. Following our research objectives, the Bermuda Turtle Project gathers information on genetic identity, population structure, sex ratios, growth rates, seasonality, site fidelity, habitat use, population size and migration. We are also using satellite telemetry to study aspects of residency in Bermuda and departure to the next life history stage.
Contact Info: Bermuda Aquarium Museum and Zoo:
Bermuda Turtle Project Coordinator
Bermuda Aquarium Museum and Zoo
P. O. Box FL145
Phone: 441 293 2727
Fax: 441 203 3176
Caribbean Conservation Corporation
4424 NW 13th St.
Gainesville, FL 32609
Dr. Anne Meylan
Florida Marine Research Institute
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
100 8th Ave. SE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Phone: 727-896-8626 X1916
4200 54th Ave. S.
St. Petersburg, FL 33711
Phone: 727-864-8497; 727-864-8432 (department office)
Bermuda Aquarium Museum & Zoo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
Location: Flatts, Bermuda
Objectives: Treats sick and injured sea turtles and monitors trends in threats to the population in addition to collecting data on genetic identity, size structure, maturity status, sex ratios, diet, symbionts and other medical data. Public awareness and education are an offshoot of this project.
Bermuda Turtle Project Coordinator
Bermuda Zoological Society
P. O. Box FL145
Phone: 441-293-2727 ext 139
Offered by: The Bermuda Turtle Project
Taught By: Dr. Peter Meylan and the Project Team
This course provides an introduction to the biology of marine turtles with an emphasis on those topics that are relevant to marine turtle conservation on an international scale. A general life history model is used as a framework for the study of the complex lives of these highly migratory organisms. Consideration of the impact of humans on each stage allows for a complete treatment of conservation issues in a biological context. Course readings from the primary literature on sea turtles will be made available to all students and is the subject of group discussions. Topics included are: the different phases of the life history, feeding biology, physiology, reproduction, migration conservation genetics, threats, conservation options and sea turtles of Bermuda. An overview of sea turtle anatomy will be gained during a necropsy session on stranded sea turtle specimens, during which participants learn first-hand about some of the mortality factors for sea turtles, such as entanglement in monofilament line, ingestion of hooks used in various fishing activities, disease, and boat collisions.
An important component of the course is the practical experience of participating in the ongoing in-water study of juvenile green turtles in their developmental habitat. Students assist with the capture, tagging and data collection of these turtles as well as get exposure to the current findings and techniques of Bermuda’s sea turtle research.
Further information and application forms are available from Mark Outerbridge at the Bermuda Zoological Society (BZS)
Phone: 441-293-2727 ext. 139
2) Become a member of the Bermuda Zoological Society and support education, conservation and research on sea turtles. Our American visitors may wish to join the Friends of The Bermuda Aquarium. Go to the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo web site at www.bamz.org
Godley, B. J., A. C. Broderick, L. M. Campbell, S. Ranger, and P. B. Richardson. 2004. 5. An assessment of the status and exploitation of marine turtles in Bermuda. In: An assessment of the status and exploitation of marine turtles in the UK Overseas Territories in the Wider Caribbean. pp 78-95. Final Project Report for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Commonwealth Office.
Godley BJ, Broderick AC, Campbell LM, Ranger S, Richardson PB (2004) 10. Towards a Molecular Profile of Marine Turtles in the Caribbean Overseas Territories. In: An Assessment of the Status and Exploitation of Marine Turtles in the UK Overseas Territories in the Wider Caribbean. pp 223-236. Final Project Report for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Mowbray et al, 1958. First Record of the Ridley Turtle from Bermuda, with Notes on Other Sea Turtles and the Turtle Fishery in the Islands. Source: Copeia, Vol. 1958, No. 2, (Jun. 18, 1958), pp. 147-148. American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists.
Returns of Green Sea Turtles (Chelonia mydas Linnaeus) Tagged at Bermuda, Biological Conservation, Vol. 6, No. 4, October 197