Genetic Testing to Measure Sea Turtle Conservation Success
Researchers from University of Groningen recently used genetic testing to identify the geographical birthplaces of green sea turtles foraging within Lac Bay, Bonaire. This study compared population composition between 2006-2007 and 2015-2016. There was an overall increase in juvenile green turtles from the north-western Caribbean and a general decrease in population recruitments from both eastern Caribbean and southern Atlantic.
Article originally published in BioNews 31
More Information: Jurjan P. van der Zee, Marjolijn J.A. Christianen, Mabel Nava, Ximena Velez-Zuazo, Wensi Hao, Martine Bérubé, Hanneke van Lavieren, Michael Hiwat, Rachel Berzins, Johan Chevalier, Damien Chevallier, Marie-Clélia Lankester, Karen A. Bjorndal, Alan B. Bolten, Leontine E. Becking, Per J. Palsbøll. 2019. Population recovery changes population composition at a major southern Caribbean juvenile developmental habitat for the green turtle, Chelonia mydas. Scientific Reports | (2019) 9:14392 | https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-50753-5