Natural Resources Management

Sea Turtle Surveys of Mosquito Lagoon

Sea Turtle Surveys of Mosquito Lagoon

CSS, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Marine Turtle Program, and the University of Central Florida conducted quarterly netting surveys in Mosquito Lagoon for two federally listed threatened and endangered species: the loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) and the green turtle (Chelonia mydas). Both species use the lagoon as a developmental and feeding habitat during parts of their life histories. We netted sea turtles; measured, weighed, and photographed them; used passive integrated transponders to tag the turtles permanently; collected blood from each specimen for sex determination, hormone analysis, and genetic stock assessment; and used a GPS and Loran C instrumentation to record the location of each capture for future inclusion in an ARC/ORACLE database.