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.
is the Turtle Project Scientist and Manager of the Cook
Islands Turtle Project (CITP), a project of the Pacific
Islands Conservation Initiative (PICI). Phil is responsible
for the program management of CITP as well as investigating
the status and distribution of sea turtle populations
within the Southern Group.
Phil holds a Bachelor of Science
degree in Wildlife Management and completed a Master of
Science degree in Conservation and Biodiversity through
the Exeter University in England in 2011.
He has worked in sea turtle
conservation for the past ten years with four species
of turtle in three different countries. During this time
Phil has managed the two most important nesting beaches
in the Mediterranean and was responsible for data collection,
volunteer management and public awareness.
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