Posted on April 25, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
A hawksbill sea turtle swimming near Honduras. PHOTO VIA THE WIKIMEDIA COMMONS.
PCBs and other contaminants building up in food chain; migrating turtles face higher risk
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — A study of 29 radio-collared sea turtles suggests that turtles migrating north along the coast are being exposed to higher levels of man-made endocrine disrupting chemicals — called persistent organic pollutants because they don’t break down in the environment.
The migrating turtles face cumulative poisoning as contaminants infiltrate the food chain through prey species, such as crabs, according to the researchers.
The landmark study used satellite tracking to link geography with pollutants and revealed potential risks posed to this species threatened by manmade chemicals. The research, published today in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, examines the different levels of chemicals in the blood of both migratory and residential turtles. (more…)
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Posted on August 26, 2010 by Bob Berwyn
A loggerhead turtle at sea. PHOTO COURTESY U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE.
Improving conditions on Gulf after oil disaster means hatchlings will find safe feeding grounds
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Federal and state wildlife officials in Florida say at-sea habitat conditions for sea turtle hatchlings in the Gulf of Mexico have improved to the point that they will not relocate more nests to Florida’s east Coast.
“This is the very best possible news,” said Florida Wildlife Commission chairman Rodney Barreto. “The translocation of these nests was a last resort to make sure the hatchlings had a fighting chance of survival, so we are pleased to announce a suspension of the program.”
The nest translocations began in June to protect sea turtle hatchlings from potential impacts from the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In Florida, 262 nests were excavated along the Northwest coast. The eggs were carefully placed in specially prepared foam coolers and driven by FedEx Custom Critical trucks to Kennedy Space Center on Florida’s east coast. (more…)
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Posted on July 16, 2010 by Bob Berwyn
Endangered sea turtles are at-risk from the Gulf oil disaster. PHOTO COURTESY THE U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE.
Public can join in the virtual town hall meeting on rescue plans for endangered turtles
SUMMIT COUNTY — Some of the country’s leading sea turtle experts will meet in New Orleans today (JUly 16) to discuss plans to try and protect the endangered animals from the Gulf oil spill.
The meeting will stream live on the web in a town hall format starting at 1 p.m. mountain time. Other social media components include a live Twitter feed and a chance to ask questions online. Click here to join in the discussion.
The virtual town hall will be moderated by Laurie Conkerton, the Sr. Vice President of Development for Audubon Nature Institute and a video introduction will be provided by wildlife biologist and NBC and MSNBC’s science and environmental expert, Jeff Corwin. (more…)
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