Equatorial Guinea 2014: Foraging Green Sea Turtles
Wildlife Conservation Society

Dataset credit

Data provider
Marine Turtle Research Group
Originating data center
Satellite Tracking and Analysis Tool (STAT)
Project partner
Wildlife Conservation Society, Instituto Nacional de Desarrollo Forestal y Manejo del Sistema de Areas Protegidas - Proyecto TOMAGE, Manga, Marine Turtle Research Group
Project sponsor or sponsor description
Tullow Oil, US Fish and Wildlife Service US Department of the Interior


Primary contact Catherine McClellan Marine Turtle Research Group
Data entry Michael Coyne seaturtle.org


McClellan C. 2018. Equatorial Guinea 2014: Foraging Green Sea Turtles. Data downloaded from OBIS-SEAMAP (http://seamap.env.duke.edu/dataset/1840) on yyyy-mm-dd and originated from Satellite Tracking and Analysis Tool (STAT; http://www.seaturtle.org/tracking/index.shtml?project_id=1001).


La Región Continental de Guinea Ecuatorial alberga importante hábitat de alimentación para juveniles de tortuga verde (Chelonia mydas) y carey (Eretmochelys imbricata), clasificadas como en peligro y en peligro critico de extinción, respectivamente. Después de un cierto número de años perdidos en alta mar, los juveniles de ambas especies reclutan a aguas costeras, posiblemente a miles de kilómetros de sus playas natales. Zonas rocosas poco profundas adecuados para esta etapa de desarrollo incluyen tres áreas protegidas a lo largo de la costa continental de Guinea Ecuatorial - la Reserva Natural de Río Campo, la Reserva Natural Punta Ilende y la Reserva Científica de Playa Nendji - gestionadas por el Instituto Nacional para el Desarrollo Forestal y la Gestión de las Áreas Protegidas (INDEFOR). Una mejor comprensión del uso del hábitat de las tortugas marinas en esta región es fundamental para informar a todos los esfuerzos de conservación o de mitigación de impactos. En junio de 2014, hemos implementado un estudio de telemetría satelital en una pequeña muestra de tortugas para obtener una primera visión de la utilización del hábitat marino de los juveniles que se encuentran a lo largo de la costa continental de Guinea Ecuatorial.


Equatorial Guinea’s mainland hosts important foraging habitat for juvenile green (Chelonia mydas) and hawksbill turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata), classified as endangered and critically endangered, respectively. After a number of “lost years” in the high seas, juveniles of both species recruit to nearshore waters, potentially thousands of kilometres from their natal beaches. Suitable shallow rocky areas for this developmental stage include three protected areas along Equatorial Guinea’s mainland coastline - the Rio Campo Natural Reserve, Punta Ilende Natural Reserve and Playa Nendji Scientific Reserve - managed by the government’s Institute for Protected Area Management and Forestry Development (INDEFOR). A better understanding of habitat use of sea turtles in this region is fundamental to inform all subsequent conservation or impact mitigation efforts. In June of 2014, we have implemented a study of satellite telemetry in a small sample of turtles to get a first look at the use of the marine habitat of juvenile found along the mainland coast of Guinea Equatorial.



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This section explains attributes included in the original dataset. OBIS-SEAMAP restricts the attributes available to the public to date/time, lat/lon and species names/counts only. Should you need other attributes described here, you are encouraged to contact the data provider.

Attributes in dataset provided

Attribute (table column)Description
project_idSTAT Project ID
prognumProgram number
tag_idPTT ID
datetime_utcDate and time in UTC
lcLocation class
iqQuality indicator
latitudeLatitude 1
longitudeLongitude 1
dir1Dir 1
nb_mesNumber of messages received
big_nb_mesdefinition not provided
best_levelBest signal strength in dB
pass_durationPass duration in seconds
nopcNumber Of Plausibility Checks successful (from 0-4)
calcul_freqCalculated frequency
altitudeAltitude used for location calculation
speciesSpecies name
sp_tsnITIS Taxonomic Serial Number
lc_filterParameters to location filtering
speed_filterParameters to speed filtering
distance_filterParameters to distance filtering
topo_filterParameters to topo filtering
time_filterParameters to time filtering
angle_filterParameters to angle filtering
life_stageLife stage of the animal
genderGender of the animal
wetdryWet or dry
wetdry_filterParameters to Wet or dry filterint
obs_datetimeDate and time (local time zone)
timezone_hTime difference from UTC
obs_countAnimal count (always 1)
Marine mammals0
Sea turtles946
Rays and sharks0
Other species0
Non spatial0
Non species0
Date, Begin2014-06-17
Date, End2014-10-10
Temporal prec.111111
Latitude1.08 - 1.32
Longitude9.25 - 9.50
Coord. prec.3 decimal digits
Data typeTelemetry location
TracklinesYES (ID: 1841)
Contr. throughSatellite Tracking and Analysis Tool
Sharing policy Permission required
Also availalbe from None
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