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New Publication Documents Manatee Presence at Turneffe Atoll

By Brian Hutchinson

An Antillean manatee seen during aerial surveys in 2012. © Tony Rath / tonyrath.com

A new publication by Oceanic Society researchers and partners documents the presence of Antillean manatees at Turneffe Atoll and lays a foundation for improved conservation efforts. The study was led by long-time Oceanic Society partner Dr. Holly Edwards of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission, and used boat- and plane-based surveys to locate manatees around Turneffe Atoll. The study helps define areas used by the manatees, which may be used to guide future research and conservation efforts.

Download the publication:

Edwards, H.H., et al. 2014. Documenting manatee (Trichechus manatus manatus) presence at Turneffe Atoll, Belize, Central America and its conservation significance. Caribbean Journal of Science, Vol. 48, No. 1, 71-75.

Author

Brian Hutchinson is Oceanic Society's vice president of outreach, co-founder of the State of the World's Sea Turtles Program, and program officer of the IUCN-SSC Marine Turtle Specialist Group. Brian holds a B.A. in zoology from Connecticut College, and has been working to advance global marine conservation for more than a decade.