January 6, 2015 • News Announcements, Program Updates
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.
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.