Tracking Turtles


A study using satellite transmitters to track migratory movements of leatherback turtles in the Atlantic Ocean has highlighted the areas where the chances of turtle deaths due to entanglement in fishing nets is high. Of the nine areas pointed out in the study, five were in South Equatorial Atlantic while four were in North Atlantic. Some of these are in high seas while others fall in special economic zones of countries like the US, the UK, Spain, Brazil, Senegal and Namibia. The study could help frame conservation programme for the vulnerable turtle species.


Down To Earth, March 2014