Wednesday, March 23, 2011

MIST Turns One!!

Its amazing to think a year has already passe, but MIST is now officially one year old. Thanks to all who've been following and providing input.  With the new year upon us, nesting season is about to begin again. We'll keep you posted as volunteer opportunities arise to help out with beach/nest monitoring. Also don't forget, you can always report a sighting or submit images to the BioSearch Program.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Myrtle (the turtle of course) Battles Climate Change

A new book is available that discusses the challenges that climate change pose for sea turtles. Though written for Torres Islander's children, the book is general enough to have relevance for most classes in the Pacific.
Download a pdf of the book at:

The book's full citation- should you want to order the actual book-  is:
Fuentes (2010) Myrtle's battle against climate change. Reef and Rainforest Research Centre Limited, Cairns, Australia (22pp.). ISBN 978-1-921359-42-2 (pbk.)

More outreach materials are available at

Friday, March 4, 2011

Sea turtle status and conservation efforts in the NMI

Reprinted from the Marianas Variety, Jan 18, 2010. Link to the original article at:

(CNMI Sea Turtle Conservation Program) — There has been a recent flurry of activity in the news lately regarding sea turtles and associated court cases. This is a brief update regarding sea turtle status in the CNMI and a summary of current activities of the Department of Land and Natural Resources Sea Turtle Research and Conservation Program.
Villagomez family members pose with a live stranding at Old Man By the Sea beach on July 8, 2009. Photo by Tammy SummersSea turtles are a long-lived species with a complex life history. They undertake wide-ranging, international migrations and reach maturity (age at first reproduction) at about 30 years of age.  This life cycle leaves turtles vulnerable to multiple sources of mortality or impacts (harm) ranging from natural environmental causes to human- caused impacts from development, disease, fisheries, or direct harvest.
The status of green turtles in the Mariana Archipelago is not well known due to the lack of long-term data on nesting and foraging populations. “Long-term” data in this case means population information ranging over the species lifespan, or about read more....

Additional information
Volunteer with the Sea Turtle Program:
CNMI Sea Turtle Conservation Program:
Report harassment or capture of turtles:
DLNR Enforcement 664-6030/898-3570
Rota DLNR 532-9494/5
Tinian DFW 433-1404/1
On the web: