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Marine Turtle Biology and Assessment

An important part of the Center's research mission is to provide the scientific foundation for conservation and management actions to recover depleted populations of sea turtles. More...


News and Highlights

  • July 1, 2015(updated 12/29/2015)
    A panel of experts will meet July 27-31, 2015 to review the PIFSC science that informs stock assessments of marine mammals and marine turtles. The panelists will learn about protected species science information needs, priorities and research activities that are relevant to current programs. The review panel will provide input on ways to improve the quality of marine mammal and marine turtle science programs. More...
  • October 30, 2014
    An invitational China/USA Sea Turtle Workshop was convened in Honolulu August 25-29, 2014 under the auspices of the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service Bilateral Living Marine Resources initiative and the Chinese Academy of Fishery Science in Beijing. More...
  • May 22, 2014
    Over the past 4 years scientists in the PIFSC Marine Turtle Research (MTR) group have devised and demonstrated a first-ever effective, safe, humane, and practical means to tag newly hatched (5 cm) green turtles, enabling life-long individual recognition of the turtles. More...

Recent Staff Publications

  • April 26, 2016
    Analysis and manuscript preparation focused on the study site of Kapoho Bay, Hawaii Island
    Hughes O
    [2016] Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, PIFSC Data Report, DR-16-003, 202 p. doi:10.7289/V5BG2M07
  • December 21, 2015
    Ecological aspects of marine turtles impacted by ocean debris: a 1989 perspective
    Balazs GH, Choy BK
    [1990] In: Shomura RS and Godfrey ML (eds.). Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Marine Debris, April 2-7, 1989, Honolulu, Hawaii, p. 718. U.S. Dept. of Commerce, NOAA Technical Memorandum NOAA-TM-NMFS-SWFSC-154
  • December 18, 2015
    A review of the demographic features of Hawaiian Green Turtles (Chelonia mydas)
    Balazs GH, Van Houtan KS, Hargrove SA, Brunson SM, Murakawa KK
    [2015] Chelonian Conservation and Biology 14(2): 119-129
  • November 17, 2015
    Conservation considerations revealed by the movements of post-nesting green turtles from the Republic of the Marshall Islands
    Parker DM, Balazs GH, Frutchey K, Kabua E, Langridik M, Boktok K
    [2015] Micronesica 2015(3): 1-9
  • July 27, 2015
    Causes of mortality in green turtles from Hawaii and the insular Pacific exclusive of fibropapillomatosis
    Work TM, Balazs GH, Summers TM, Hapdei JR, Tagarino AP
    [2015] Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 115: 103-110. doi:10.3354/dao02890
  • June 24, 2015
    Tracking male loggerhead turtle migrations around southwestern Japan using satellite telemetry
    Saito T, Kurita M, Okamoto H, Uchida I, Parker D, Balazs G
    [2015] Chelonian Conservation and Biology 14(1): 82-87. doi:10.2744/ccab-14-01-82-87.1