The Cook Islands Turtle Project
will establish and conduct a series of ongoing research
programmes with associated activity through to Nov 2012
in order to build a knowledge base of Sea Turtle behaviour
for the Cook Islands, strengthen the institutional capacity
to protect Sea Turtles and build community awareness of
the need for conservation.
This page is currently under review and new content will be posted int he near future. For information on the activity of the previous season read Phil Bradshaws postings on our blog.
Research programmes and
Annual report. The report is available in PDF format
assessment of sea turtles in Rarotonga’s nearshore
waters. This study recorded sightings information
from dive operators in Rarotonga to catalogue sea turtle
presence and give insight into behavioural characteristics.
The report is available in PDF format here.
Survey. Supported by a small grant from the Rufford
Foundation. A 4 week survey (Apr 2012) to assess sea turtle
nesting and ecology at the atoll.
Survey. Self funded project, week long survery
assessing nesting suitability of beaches and reproductive
success of past nests. The report is available in PDF
Survey. 11 week survey to study the distribution,
abundance and population status of turtles on Aitutaki