Turtle research and conservation
ARCAS Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Association
ARCAS was originally created by Guatemalan citizens for a very specific and urgent purpose: to build a rescue center to care for and rehabilitate wild animals that were being confiscated on the black market by the Guatemalan government. Since the establishment of the Rescue Center in Peten, ARCAS has branched out into environmental education, protected areas management, marine turtle conservation, mangrove protection, sustainable community development, ecotourism and reforestation. ARCAS’s three main project sites are: the Guatemala City area, the remote northern department of Petén, and the Hawaii area of the southern Pacific Coast. They are a member of WIDECAST
African Aquatic Conservation Fund
Senegal and USA
The African Aquatic Conservation Fund is dedicated to the preservation of African manatees, turtles, cetaceans, and other aquatic wildlife and their habitats throughout the African continent. This is done via focused research, conservation, and education projects. The Fund works in close partnership with local people, scientists, governments, and other stakeholders for the benefit of both wildlife and humans.
Alnitak Research Institute
Alnitak has worked for the past 30 years to protect the biodiversity of the Mediterranean Sea through research, education and community engagement, involving volunteers in their research missions. This has included a successful turtle tagging project, OASIS, and MEDTOP, monitoring the top pelagic species in the Mediterranean. In 1989 Alnitak restored the historical fishing boat Toftevaag with the purpose of developing science and education programs, and have a second ship Va de Bon Coeur.
Amigos de las Tortugas Marinas
ATMAR Inc. is a community organization in Puerto Rico with the mission to prevent the looting of sea turtle nests and the illegal hunting of sea turtles while they are nesting, and to offer educational services to the community about sea turtles, their habitat, and their protection. They are authorised by the Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources to work with sea turtles that are species protected by law. The organization has an Educational Center - CEATMAR, with a mini-museum, conference room and rooms for volunteers and researchers.
The Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece works at the conservation of sea turtles and their habitats in Greece. Main activities are monitoring and research, rescue and rehabilitation of sick and injured turtles and raising public awareness. They run many volunteer programmes, all with the purpose of ensuring the sea turtles are treated correctly, and that injured turtles are released back to the sea as soon as they are better. The Sea Turtle Rescue Center is in Glyfada Attikis and 8 other Sea Turtle Conservation Projects are on Zakynthos, Kyparissia Bay, Crete, south Peloponnese, Amvrakikos, working with the support of volunteers, since 1983.
Archie Carr Center for Sea Turtle Research
The Archie Carr Center for Sea Turtle Research (ACCSTR) at the University of Florida was established in 1986 as a Center of Excellence by the University Board of Regents of the State of Florida in recognition of the outstanding achievements and pioneering research of the late Archie Carr. Their research focuses on seeking innovative solutions for sea turtle conservation.
Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge
The Refuge is a 20.5-mile section of shoreline along Florida’s east central coast, and is home to the most important sea turtle nesting habitat in the United States. More loggerheads nest within the Carr Refuge than anywhere else in the Western Hemisphere, and it is also the most significant area for green turtle nesting in North America. The Refuge hosts a variety of birds, reptiles, fish, mammals and invertebrates including brown pelicans, sea turtles, gopher tortoises, snakes, manatees, and crabs that make their homes in the ocean as well as on several habitats including the beach and dunes, coastal strand and scrub, maritime hammock, and mangroves.
Association of Reef Keepers (ARK)
British Virgin Islands
ARK is dedicated to ensuring the preservation and sustainability of the BVI marine environment for the benefit of all future generations. In addition to their many projects, they collect information used to determine short and long-term changes of the marine environment which will ultimately aid effective marine resource management strategies. Community involvement and education are key strategies. The projects include: BVI Sea Turtle Programme, Coral Restoration and Rescue, Sustainable Cruising and Yachting, and Reef to Ridge (to reduce flooding, island erosion and sedimentation in coastal waters)
Atoll Marine Centre
Atoll Marine Centre focuses on running a marine conservation program, community engagement and rehabilitating turtles on the local island Naifaru in Lhaviyani atoll, Maldives. The organization is run by locals with the help and support of international staff and volunteers via Atoll Volunteers (see www.atollvolunteers.com). It is the only initiative on its type in the Maldives run by locals rather than a resort. Through their strong focus on environmental education, they involve the local community both on Naifaru Island and in the entire Lhaviyani atoll in the protection of the local environment. They rescue and rehabilitate turtles at their rescue centre located on Naifaru Island run by marine biologists and a veterinarian, with the aim get them healthy and back into the ocean as soon as possible. They also run coral restoration projects.
Bahamas National Trust
The Bahamas National Trust is a science-based organization dedicated to effectively managing national parks to conserve and protect Bahamian natural resources. The country's 32 national parks make up a comprehensive network of parks and protected areas that is recognized as a powerful force for global biodiversity conservation which is supported and enjoyed by the public. It is a member of WIDECAST.
Barbados Sea Turtle Project
Barbados, East Indies
The Barbados Sea Turtle Project is based at UWI Cave Hill, and has been involved in sea turtle conservation in for over 25 years. This project tasks itself with monitoring nesting beaches, rescue and rehabilitation, in water monitoring and is run by the University of the West Indies, a part of the WIDECAST: Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Network. The focus is on conservation, research and public outreach and education.