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Updated: 04/14/2014 01:16:58PM

Annual statewide sea turtle monitor meeting

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Coastal Wildlife Club volunteers traveled to Deerfield Beach for the 2014 Florida Marine Turtle Permit Holder Meeting. Hosted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Sea Turtle Conservancy, the annual meeting is an opportunity for nesting beach monitors from throughout Florida to learn from research scientists, share their own experiences, and enjoy the camaraderie of friends and colleagues. Of the 2147 monitors in Florida last year, about 400 were at the meeting.
Presentations included updates by leading sea turtle scientists. Speakers discussed Florida’s expanded rehabilitation facilities and also announced a new FWC MASH unit for cold stunned turtles. There were reports on DNA studies of green turtles to reveal lineage and on satellite telemetry to discover where the turtles go.

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