Marine Turtle Research Program Acknowledges Vital Support of University of Hawaii Marine Option Program
Recently, the Center's Marine Turtle Research Program (MTRP) presented a plaque of appreciation to the University of Hawaii at Manoa Marine Option Program (MOP). The award acknowledged 20 years of outstanding partnership and MOP contributions to MTRP turtle strandings research on Oahu. MOP students work closely with MTRP during weekends, holidays and evenings to respond to reports of turtle strandings on Oahu. They help ensure the collection of valuable long-term research data and gain skills and experience in marine turtle field biology and public relations.
On a research trip to Maui, MTRP leader George Balazs presented the same appreciation award to Donna Brown, MOP Coordinator at the University's Maui College (formerly Maui Community College).
During his visit, Balazs also conferred with Skippy Hau (State of Hawaii Division of Aquatic Resources) and Glynnis Nakai (US Fish and Wildlife Service) to review information on green turtle nesting and nest incubation on Maui during the summer of 2010. The partial remains of green turtle nests excavated on Maui were transferred to the MTRP for collaborative mtDNA analysis. The analysis will add to growing knowledge of the genetic makeup and population structure of green turtles in the Hawaiian Archipelago and across the Pacific.