Monday, November 22, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
First Friday Films, a partnership between Division of Environmental Quality and National Park Service, sponsors screenings of environmental films at American Memorial Park on the first Friday of every month. This month (Dec. 3, 7 pm) FFF is featuring a short film on hawskbill sea turtle conservation efforts by several communities in Solomon Islands as well as a locally produced film on the Fanihi or Marianas fruitbat. Visit the FFF's Blog for details.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
The six-month sentence is all suspended except for one month, with credit for time served.
Manalo had admitted that, on Sept. 5, 2010, he with others knowingly and willingly possessed a green sea turtle by removing it from the ocean to the land, violating administrative regulations and laws of the CNMI.
Manalo will be placed on three years of probation, pay a $1000 fine, forfeit the fishing gear used to possess the turtle, and perform community service.
Manalo is barred from boarding a boat for fishing during his probation, and his spearfishing shall be limited and monitored by local conservation authorities.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
A review on the topic:
EcoHealth: Hazards of consuming sea turtle http://bit.ly/7yoGhK
Aguirre, A. Alonso, Susan C. Gardner, Jesse C. Marsh, Stephen G. Delgado, Colin J. Limpus, and Wallace J. Nichols. 2006. Hazards Associated with the Consumption of Sea Turtle Meat and Eggs: A Review for Health Care Workers and the General Public. EcoHealth. Volume 3, Number 3, September 2006 , pp. 141-153 (13).
And a more specific case study:
EcoHealth: To Eat an Endangered Species? http://bit.ly/dsQz1r
Senko, J, WJ Nichols, JP Ross, and AS Willcox. In Press. To Eat or not to Eat an Endangered Species: Views of Local Residents and Physicians on the Safety of Sea Turtle Consumption in Northwestern Mexico. EcoHealth.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Below is an email regarding a photo project by Seaturtle.org. Note the deadline is coming up soon: November 15.
The State of the World's Sea Turtles (SWOT) Project and Seaturtle.org invite you to participate in an exciting community photo project to document the global variation in green turtles.
The SWOT project was established in 2004, and consists of: a global network of more than 500 sea turtle researchers, conservationists, and enthusiasts (the SWOT Team); a regularly updated global database of biogeographical information on all sea turtle species; and an annually published SWOT Report, a communications and networking tool built by and for conservation practitioners. For more information and to see past SWOT Reports, visit www.seaturtlestatus.org.
About this Photo Project
The next issue of SWOT Report (volume 6) will have a special feature focusing on green turtles and including articles, photographs and maps. As part of this feature, the project coordinators are currently assembling photographs of green turtles from around the world to create a photo feature within the printed report, online at the SWOT website, and for presentation to the sea turtle community at the 30th Annual Sea Turtle Symposium in San Diego, CA next year. The goal is to assemble as many photographs as possible that show the many variations in green turtle coloration, shape, size, etc. (including black turtles).
Together, we would like to invite you to participate by submitting your green turtle images that meet the guidelines below.As the global network and repository for sea turtle images, the Seaturtle.org image libraryhas teamed up with SWOT to host the images for this project, and to allow them to live on as a community resource as part of the image library. Already, we have received some very interesting submissions, including an impressive 30 images submitted by Kei Okamoto of green turtles that were bycaught in Japan's coastal waters. To get a sense of the variation in the turtles of just this one region, see the two images to the right. Similar images have also been submitted from French Polynesia, Syria, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Uruguay, Brazil, Malaysia, Iran, Turks & Caicos, Solomon Islands, Italy, several Indian Ocean islands, and more.
What are we looking for?
We are looking for green turtle/black turtle photos that:
Images that do not meet these criteria will not be included in the project, but will still be useful to the community at Seaturtle.org. Please only submit photos for which you hold the copyright.
Where/how should images be submitted?
Please upload your images online into the Seaturtle.org image library category for green turtle images. To do so, you must log-in to Seaturtle.org, go to the image library page, and choose "upload photos" on the right side of the page. Please include the location of the image in the "Description" field (country and ocean basin). To indicate your permission for the images to be included in SWOT Report and/or on the SWOT website, please put the text "SWOT photo project" in the image's "Description" field. Make sure to also include the photographer/copyright holder's name as you would like it to be credited. Here is an example of an image with the proper metadata -http://www.seaturtle.org/
How will the images be used?
Some images will be used in a photo feature in the printed version of SWOT Report, Vol. 6. Other images will be posted online at the SWOT website (www.seaturtlestatus.org) in a photo collage / feature of some sort (details TBD). We will also prepare a poster for display at the 30th Sea Turtle Symposium in San Diego, CA. All images will be credited to the photographer or copyright holder.
What is the deadline?
Please submit or post your images by November 15, 2010.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Visiting sea turtle scientists from NOAA NMFS' Pacific Island Regional Office joined CNMI STP staff in documenting a nest that had hatched several days earlier. The STP checks hatched nests to count the number of eggs laid, number of eggs hatched and to release any live babies stuck in the nest.
On this day, STPs Jessy Hapdei and Chris Alepuyo began excavating the nest and almost immediately uncovered live babies. After removing a large rock from the nest, thirty stragglers began their short journey across the beach to the sea. Of a total of 103 eggs that successfully hatched, thirty babies had been stuck in the nest. See more images and some video at ihaggan.com. Photo courtesy of Irene Kelly, NOAA NMFS PIRO.
Monday, March 22, 2010
Dr. Naoki Kamezaki from the Sea Turtle Association of Japan and Ms. Asuka Ishizaki of the Western Pacific Fisheries Council were given a tour of nesting beaches on Saipan during a recent visit to the island. Dr. Kamezaki is interested in the CNMI's turtles due to on of the few satellite tagged turtles from the Marianas making it into Japanese waters. Chris Alepuyo from the CNMI Sea Turtle Program shares his insights with the visitors in the photo.