TARTACare Calabria: monitoring and conservation of the loggerhead turtle nesting activity along the Ionian coast of Calabria (Southern Italy)

Islameta Group, University of Pisa

Dataset credit

Data provider
Islameta Group, Dept. of Biology - University of Pisa
Originating data center
Satellite Tracking and Analysis Tool (STAT)
Project partner
The overall TARTAcare project of the Dept. of Ecology, Calabria University is a collaboration with: Islameta Group, University of Pisa (satellite tracking), University of Rome Tor Vergata (genetic analysis), University of Florence (beach characterization), Stazione Zoologica A. Dohrn, Naples (tagging), and WWF Italia and FAI (Fondo Ambiente Italiano) for nest protection and public awareness campaigns
Project sponsor or sponsor description
The project is authorized by the Ministry of Environment (Direzione Protezione della Natura). The main financial supports to the project were provided through the years by the Italian Ministry of Environment and of University and Research, and the Calabrian regional government (Assessorato alle Politiche dell�Ambiente)


Primary contact Paolo Luschi University of Pisa
Data entry Michael Coyne seaturtle.org


Luschi P. 2024. TARTACare Calabria: monitoring and conservation of the loggerhead turtle nesting activity along the Ionian coast of Calabria (Southern Italy). Data downloaded from OBIS-SEAMAP (http://seamap.env.duke.edu/dataset/524) on yyyy-mm-dd and originated from Satellite Tracking and Analysis Tool (STAT; http://www.seaturtle.org/tracking/index.shtml?project_id=427).


The Southern Ionian coast of Calabria is currently recognized as the main nesting ground for loggerhead turtles in Italy, accounting for 70% of the total nesting events which were documented nationwide over the last six years (2003-2008). This finding arose from a research project (TARTACare Calabria) initiated by the Dept. of Ecology of Calabria University (Rende, Italy) in summer 2000. This project mainly aims at nest monitoring and protecting, but also has additional objectives such as estimating of nesting population, genetic analysis, beach characterization, definition of type and entity of threats to nesting derived from human impact (including fishing impact). Satellite tracking of nesting females has also been attempted to track the post-nesting migrations and to ultimately identify the so far unknown foraging areas of the turtles nesting on the Ionian coast.

Zeffiria and Esperia are the first two turtles nesting in Italy that are being tracked by satellite during their post-nesting migrations.



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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 turtles9,945
Rays and sharks0
Other species0
Non spatial0
Non species0
Date, Begin2009-07-16
Date, End2013-07-30
Temporal prec.111111
Latitude32.65 - 38.92
Longitude0.55 - 20.92
Coord. prec.3 decimal digits
Data typeTelemetry location
TracklinesYES (ID: 529)
Traveled (km)52,772
Travel hours66,653
Contr. throughSatellite Tracking and Analysis Tool
Sharing policy Permission required
Shared with SWOT
GBIF (via DOI)*
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