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Call to help tagged turtles

Timoci Vula
Thursday, February 14, 2013

PEOPLE who come across tagged sea turtles have been requested to collect the information on the tags and report it to the Department Environment or Fisheries Department.

Catherine Siota, turtle database officer at the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) said six species of mostly endangered migratory sea turtles in the Pacific were being monitored.

She said the turtle tagging initiative started in the mid 1990s and since then records of about 15,000 subjects had been collected.

Each flipper tag has a one-letter prefix and a series of up to five numbers.

It contains important information about the turtle such as tagging date, country it was released from, organisation or person that tagged it and how far it has travelled.

"If you come across a tagged turtle, please let us know as this information is valuable and in return we have the turtle tagging T-shirts to send to you as a supporter of this important initiative," Ms Siota said.