Today, we bid adieu to German Lopez and Celso Cawich, two of our long time biologists. Both German and Celso have been awarded scholarship opportunities to pursue master levels studies. German is one of two Belizeans selected as recipients of scholarship awards under the European Union’s Erasmus Mundus program and is now in the United Kingdom completing a two-year master’s in Sustainable Forest and Nature Management at Bangor University. During his time at the ERI, German wor
Earlier this year, in June, the peak of the turtle nesting season, UB student and ERI volunteer, Areli Perez documented 9 sea turtle crawls on the beach of Calabash Caye. Unfortunately, none were confirmed to be nesting sites. The last documented nest on the island was of a Hawksbill sea turtle back in 2010. After years of monitoring, it appeared as if sea turtles had lost their affinity to Calabash Caye as a nesting area. The Sea Turtle Conservation Network has designated th
Back in June, the ERI, collaborating with the Oceanic Society with funding from the Mohamed Bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund and support from Belize Fisheries Department and UB students, carried out a baseline study of sea turtle distribution and abundance conducted at the Turneffe Atoll Marine Reserve (TAMR). The effort resulted in 86 turtle sightings of which 17 were captured, measured, tagged and released. Among the 17 captured was a female loggerhead (Caretta caretta).
Three species of sea turtles have been documented to inhabit coastal waters and nest Belizean beaches. These include: Hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata), Loggerhead (Caretta caretta) and Green (Chelonia mydas) sea turtles. In Belize, sea turtle research is limited especially when looking at factors such as abundance, habitat use, connectivity, threats and impacts. The Turneffe Atoll is the largest of 3 offshore atolls and the most recent of Belize’s marine protected areas, de