First satellite tracking of sea turtles in Albania


Dataset credit

Data provider
Mediterranean Association to Save the Sea Turtles MEDASSET
Originating data center
Satellite Tracking and Analysis Tool (STAT)
Project partner
The project was developed by MEDASSET in close collaboration with the Albanian Herpetofauna Society and the University of Tirana, with the endorsement of the Albanian Ministry of Environment.
Project sponsor or sponsor description
The satellite tracking programme was funded by the Global Environmental Facility Small Grants Programme in 2009 within the framework of the project “Monitoring and conservation of important sea turtle feeding grounds in the Patok Area of Albania 2008-10â€, a project co-funded by MEDASSET, the United Nations Environment Programme-Mediterranean Action Plan (UNEP/MAP), the Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas (RAC/SPA) of UNEP/MAP and the British Chelonia Group.


Primary contact Lily Venizelos Mediterranean Association to Save the Sea Turtles MEDASSET
Data entry Michael Coyne



The second phase of the three-year project “Monitoring and Conservation of Important Sea Turtle Feeding Grounds in the Patok Area of Albania, 2008-2010†included the satellite tracking of three loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta).
Turtles were caught incidentally by local fishermen who find them in their fish traps called “stavnikesâ€. One turtle (Shpresa) was assumed to be an early-adult female; the other two (Guximtari and Patoku) were immature males (sexually-developing).

The project revealed habitat use by these males, different overwintering strategies, the timing of a return migration into Albanian waters, and the fact that all three turtles used Drini Bay in consecutive summers i.e. showing fidelity to a foraging site.

The overall project aimed to establish the Patok lagoon area and Drini Bay in general as an important foraging area for sea turtles. Together with data and results derived using ‘traditional’ research methods (tagging, etc), the satellite tracking data have been used to justify the need for sea turtle protection measures to be enacted in Albania. Management Recommendations for Drini Bay and an Action Plan for the Conservation of Sea Turtles and their Habitats in Albania were formally submitted by MEDASSET to the Albanian Authorities in January 2012; the latter was officially adopted by Ministerial Order No. 596 on 22nd November 2012: a contribution to the Mediterranean Region’s endeavours to safeguard turtles in all of their habitats and migratory corridors.

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This project has been presented at the 4th Mediterranean Conference of Marine Turtles. Citation:
D.Oakley, M.White, E.Kararaj, D.Përkeq, E.Saçdanaku, L.Petri, M.Mitro, L.Boura, K.Grimanis, L.Venizelos. Satellite-telemetry reveals different behavioural patterns for three loggerhead turtles Caretta caretta tagged at a foraging ground in Albania. In Bentivegna F., Maffucci F., Mauriello V. (compilers). Proceedings of 4th Mediterranean Conference of Marine Turtles Naples â€" Italy (2011)

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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 turtles1,057
Rays and sharks0
Other species0
Non spatial0
Non species0
Date, Begin2009-09-12
Date, End2011-10-15
Temporal prec.111111
Latitude38.92 - 52.02
Longitude-32.58 - 20.70
Coord. prec.3 decimal digits
Data typeTelemetry location
TracklinesYES (ID: 544)
Traveled (km)16,993
Travel hours33,516
Contr. throughSatellite Tracking and Analysis Tool
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