Tracking sea turtle “lost years” in the Gulf of Mexico

Project Overview

Implementing Organization
University of Central Florida

DWH Project Funding


Known Leveraged Funding


Funding Organization

The U.S. Department of Treasury

Funding Program

The RESTORE Act Funds Bucket 5: Centers of Excellence Research Grant Program

Project Location: Florida

Funding Source: Transocean
Controlling Document: The RESTORE Act
Year Awarded: 2015

Project Details

Project Category

Project Actions

Environmental Research Monitoring and Observations

Targeted Resources

Sea Turtles Endangered Species Habitat Pelagic Zone

Project Description

Marine turtles are late-maturing, migratory species that inhabit diverse habitats during different stages of their lives. Little is known about where these turtles go and their habitats between when they leave nesting beaches as hatchlings through their early years as oceanic juveniles. The Deep Water Horizon oil spill occurred in an important habitat for young sea turtles transitioning from oceanic to coastal habitats. Continued damage assessment and restoration require that status and condition of turtle stocks be understood across all life stages and habitats. This project will track oceanic stage turtles with satellite tags in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico, and provide behavioral data on understudied young life stages in a critical habitat, offshore Sargassum seaweed mats.

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Project ID: 381
Project Name: Tracking sea turtle “lost years” in the Gulf of Mexico
SourceUID: flracep-2015-08
Latitude: 27.67
Longitude: -83.33
Country: United States of America
State or Province: Florida
County: Unknown
Project Category: Science
Project Action: Environmental Research
Additional Project Action(s): Monitoring and Observations
Additional Project Action(s):
Targeted Resource(s): Sea Turtles
Targeted Resource(s): Endangered Species Habitat
Targeted Resource(s): Pelagic Zone
Anticipated Project Completion Year: 2017
Implementing Organization: University of Central Florida
Implementing Organization Type: Academic
Point of Contact – Name: Kate Mansfield
Point of Contact – Phone:
Point of Contact – Email: 407-823-4431
Other Partners: None
Affiliated Institutions: None
Project Comments: Location is center of study area from La to S. FL
Acres Acquired: 0
Close Year: 0
Close Month: 0
Close day: 0
Purchase Type: None
Landowner: None
Landowner Type: None
Purpose: None
Public Access: None
Easement Holder Name : None
Easement Holder Type: None
Secondary Easement Holder 1: None
Secondary Easement Holder 2: None
Duration: None
Term: 0
Land Restoration Acreage: 0
Aquatic Restoration Acreage: 0
Restoration Mileage: 0
Restoration Feet: 0
Additional Acreage: None
Total Dollar Amount (from all funders): 290803
DWH Funder: The U.S. Department of Treasury
DWH Funder Type: Federal
DWH Funding Program: The RESTORE Act Funds Bucket 5: Centers of Excellence Research Grant Program
DWH Dollar Amount : 290803
DWH Source: Transocean
Fund Origin: Civil Settlement
Controlling Documents: The RESTORE Act
Award Year: 2015
Award Month: 10
Total Amount Leveraged: 0