CNMI Sea Turtle Program satellite tracked green turtles 2011

NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center & Regional Office, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Department of Lands & Natural Resources, Division of Fish & Wildlife

Dataset credit

Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Sea Turtle Program


Primary contact Tammy Summers Department of Lands & Natural Resources, Division of Fish & Wildlife, Sea Turtle Program
Data entry Connie Kot



Sea turtles are cultural ambassadors, connecting people and nations of the Pacific. This collaborative satellite tagging project has not only increased our understanding of CNMI sea turtle biology and migration and engaged local communities and conservation partners, but has also stretched across ocean basins connecting the Pacific Islands with the IOSEA.


During the summer of 2011, three satellite tags were deployed on post-nesting green turtles in Saipan. Goals of this effort were to integrate sea turtles in educational activities, acquire greater understanding of their biology and ecology, and promote greater community awareness of conservation needs and migrations. These are CNMI's first post-nesting satellite tagged turtles, resulting from a collaborative project of CNMI Department of Lands and Natural Resources (DLNR) -- Division of Fish and Wildlife (DFW), the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) -- Pacific Islands Regional Office (PIRO) and Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC), and local community volunteer organizations.

Supplemental information

This dataset was supplied to the CNMI DLNR-DFW with the help of George Balazs and Denise Parker of NOAA's Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center.




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 described below represent those in the original dataset provided by the provider.
All attributes are included in the downloadable file (CSV or ESRI File Geodatabase) for "Complete Set of Dataset".

Attributes in dataset

Attribute (table column)Description
oidUnique ID (created by OBIS-SEAMAP)
tag_idTag ID
datetimeOriginal date and time of location
obs_dateDate of observation
obs_timeTime of observation
obs_countNumber of animals
sp_tsnSpecies ITIS TSN
sp_obsSpecies observed
latitudeLatitude of observation
longitudeLongitude of observation
lcLocation class
sexSex of animal
age_classAge class of animal (adult or juvenile)
body_sizeStraight carapace length (cm)
countryCountry where sea turtle was tagged
beachNesting beach where sea turtle was tagged
Marine mammals0
Sea turtles27
Rays and sharks0
Other species0
Non spatial0
Non species0
Date, Begin2011-05-24
Date, End2011-08-21
Temporal prec.111111
Latitude13.94 - 25.37
Longitude123.74 - 145.82
Coord. prec.3 decimal digits
Data typeTelemetry location
TracklinesYES (ID: 976)
Traveled (km)4,979
Travel hours5,287
Contr. throughSEAMAP_TO_SWOT
Sharing policy CC-BY (All)
Shared with SWOT
GBIF (via DOI)*
* Aggregated summary
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