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Sea Turtles in the Straits of Florida

Research Study Annex IV

Title: Sea Turtles in the Straits of Florida
Researcher:
Start Date:
January 01, 2011
Research End Date:
January 01, 2014
State:
Stressor:
Technology Type:
Info Updated:
March 01, 2016
Study Status: 
Completed
Princple Investigator Contact Information: 

Name: Jeanette Wyneken

Address: Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Rd., Bora Raton FL 33431

Phone: +1 561-297-0146

Email: jwyneken@fau.edu

Project Description: 

Aerial baseline surveys to assess marine animal populations in the Straits of Florida, in particular sea turtles. Presence of energy conversion devices may create strike hazard, and populations need to be understood to quantify this.

Funding Source: 

State of Florida, US Department of Energy

Location of Research: 

Offshore Palm Beach, Broward, and Dade counties Florida

Project Aims: 

Quantify sea turtle density and abundance adjacent to shore.

Project Progress: 

This research is complete.

Key Findings: 
  • Verified that sea turtle seasonal abundance offshore occurred west of the prime core of the Gulf Stream.
  • Verifying sea turtle location using met-ocean data (Temperature, Bathymetry, and Current Flow) provided insufficient correlation for a strong conclusion.
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