Gulf Green Turtle Project 2016-2019 Deployments 2017

Emirates Wildlife Society â€" WWF

Dataset credit

Data provider
Emirates Wildlife Society WWF - Marine Research Foundation
Originating data center
Satellite Tracking and Analysis Tool (STAT)
Project partner
This project is implemented by the Emirates Wildlife Society - WWF (EWS-WWF) with scientific advice from the Marine Research Foundation (MRF).

The Emirates Wildlife Society is an environmental non-governmental organization registered in the United Arab Emirates. Since its establishment in 2001, EWS has been working in association with WWF. The mission of EWS-WWF is to work with people and institutions within the UAE and the region, to conserve biodiversity, tackle climate change and reduce the ecological footprint through education, awareness, policy, and science-based conservation initiatives. So far, projects have included the establishment of protected areas, protection of species and habitats and increasing environmental awareness through education programmes.

The Marine Research Foundation conducts management-oriented research to support conservation of marine resources, particularly sea turtles and dugongs, in Southeast Asia and other Indo-Pacific sites. The Foundation carries out a number of projects related to biodiversity assessment and conservation, and provides management-oriented solutions to Government administrations and conservationists. Based in Malaysia, MRF runs projects in numerous countries and has a key focus area in the Middle East, with current direct involvement in marine turtle projects in Qatar, UAE, and Oman, and past involvement in projects in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, and Yemen.

Project sponsor or sponsor description
This project is implemented with the gracious and generous participation of the following agencies:

The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi
The Environment Protection & Development Authority- Ras Al Khaimah
The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment - United Arab Emirates
The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change - Sultanate of Oman
The Environment Society of Oman
Five Oceans Environmental Services
The Environment and Protected Areas Authority - Sharjah


Primary contact Jimena Rodriguez Emirates Wildlife Society WWF - Marine Research Foundation
Data entry Michael Coyne


Rodriguez J. 2023. Gulf Green Turtle Project 2016-2019 Deployments 2017. Data downloaded from OBIS-SEAMAP ( on yyyy-mm-dd and originated from Satellite Tracking and Analysis Tool (STAT;


Marine turtles are integral components of the Arabian region marine ecosystems, and a priority conservation component of national and regional conservation programmes. Sea turtles are protected in all countries bordering the Arabian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, and are a priority species in EWS-WWF's Strategy 2015-2020, as well as WWF’s Global Marine Turtle Strategy 2012-2020 (WWF, 2012).

Turtles are in danger from accidental bycatch of juveniles and adults in fishing operations, marine habitat alteration and degradation, exploitation of eggs, loss of nesting beaches, and potentially through rising temperatures with climate change. Younger turtles are also impacted by cold-stunning events during winter months.

A small number of protected areas exist which encompass certain life stages of sea turtles in the Gulf region, but these are spatially-limited given the state of knowledge on turtle habitat use - we have little information on where green turtles migrate to following nesting areas, and where key foraging and development grounds are found.

The Gulf Green Turtle Project will allow us to decipher the migration paths of green sea turtles, as these comprise the most abundant turtle species in the inner Gulf region and the second most abundant in Oman, and will identify linkages between foraging and nesting populations within the important Gulf biogeographic region, allowing us to guide conservation actions and raise awareness of the importance of marine turtle populations.

Data resulting from this work will inform managers of critical inâ€"water habitats utilised by Arabian turtles, and allow them to aim concerted conservation activities, including fishery regulation where applicable, to preserve turtles through all phases of their live cycle.

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Attributes in dataset

Attribute (table column)Description
prognumProgram number
tag_idPTT ID
lcLocation class
iqQuality indicator
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
project_idSTAT Project ID
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
Marine mammals0
Sea turtles3,077
Rays and sharks0
Other species0
Non spatial0
Non species0
Date, Begin2017-04-24
Date, End2017-08-31
Temporal prec.111111
Latitude23.61 - 26.43
Longitude52.52 - 58.61
Coord. prec.3 decimal digits
Data typeTelemetry location
TracklinesYES (ID: 2077)
Traveled (km)10,756
Travel hours10,987
Contr. throughSatellite Tracking and Analysis Tool
StatusNot published
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Shared with SWOT
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