Completed Projects

Identifying Critical Habitat for an Endangered Species in San Diego Bay

South San Diego Bay is home to expansive eelgrass pastures which serves as habitat and a food source for East Pacific green turtles (EPGTs). The presence of resident EPGTs in San Diego bay has been documented since the 1800's and the resident population of green turtles in San Diego Bay is a significant component of the larger breeding stock for this species. While it is known that San Diego Bay is an important, year-round foraging site for green turtles, little is known about their spatial ecology within the Bay. Using active and passive acoustic telemetry, this ongoing project identifies high-use areas for this endangered species.

The Lewison et al Turtles in San Diego Bay publication (PDF Format)*
NOAA permit #1591 - man crouched down wathing an East Pacific green turtle

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