The CNMI DLNR Sea Turtle Program's goal is to help protect, recover, and promote valuable sea turtle resources of Saipan, Tinian, and Rota through science-based conservation and management practices.
Programmatic activities include:
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- In-water capture and flipper tagging surveys
- Diurnal nesting beach monitoring
- Nest excavation and inventory
- Nocturnal nesting turtle flipper tagging surveys
- Stranding/salvage recoveries and necropsies
- Rapid inter-island assessments
- Education outreach
- Participation in cooperative research studies
(satellite tag deployment, genetic, isotope, and contaminant sampling)
Note: The tagging activities shown in the photos were conducted under NMFS Permit #15661-01/02. Nesting, egg and hatch monitoring activities were performed under USFWS Permit #TE-017352-15.
These program activities directly support priority actions in recovery plans for US Pacific populations of green and hawksbill turtles:
- Stop the direct harvest of turtles through education and enforcement
- Characterize population demographics, status and trends through long-term in-water censuses
- Identify stock home ranges using DNA analysis
- Identify and protect primary foraging and nesting areas
You too can help us save turtles
It's OK to help! If you observe a stranded live, sick, wounded, or dead turtle please call our sea turtle stranding hotline immediately at 287-8537 (CTR-TLES) or 287-7560. If you have tips or information concerning a poached turtle call: NOAA Office of Law Enforcement (671) 472-7200; CNMI Endangered Species Special Agent 989-6096; or CNMI DFW Enforcement Section Officers: 989-6092/6095.
Teachers and Educators
If you are a school teacher and interested in our team providing a sea turtle presentation to your class or school, please email our information specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 287-8537.
A classroom-suitable presentation entitled Mariana Island Sea Turtles is available under "Program Documents" below.
Additional turtle outreach materials are available on the Posters and Brochures page.
Our Island Environment teaching workbooks are available on the Teaching Materials page.
If you would like to volunteer your time to help conserve sea turtles please contact our program partner Micronesia Islands Nature Alliance (MINA). Volunteer email: email@example.com or phone: 670-233-7333 (REEF)
- CNMI Bureau of Environmental & Coastal Quality MMT
- CNMI Mariana Nature Islands Nature Alliance
- CNMI Sea Turtle Conservation Program
- National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST)
- NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center Marine Turtle Program
- NOAA Pacific Islands Regional Office Protected Resources Division
- Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme
- State of the World's Turtles
- U.S. Geological Survey National Wildlife Health Center
- Mariana Island Sea Turtles
- Sea Turtle Research and Monitoring in Saipan
- Proceedings of the Thirtieth Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation
- Turtle Dance: Negotiating Sea Turtle Conservation and Western Pacific Island Cultures
- Dismantling Old Walls and Building New Bridges: Sea Turtle Advocacy in the CNMI
- Monitoring of Green and Hawksbill Sea Turtles at a Near Shore Foraging Area in the CNMI using an Indigenous Approach
SWOT Feature Article
Jessy, the Flying Yapese - Traditional Knowledge Supports Research in the Western Pacific Ocean