Our inaugural Science Saturday event, a turtle tagging workshop held at UVI's Center for Marine and Environmental Studies was a tremendous good time for participants big and small.
We set out with the goal to inform the public about on-going sea turtle research at CMES and we did just that! A presentation highlighting this research was given in the CMES conference room while arts and crafts activities were facilitated downstairs for our younger audience. Lastly, our researchers demonstrated how they assess sea turtle health which was a lively and direct experience for many to see.
All sea turtles species found in the US Virgin Islands are protected under the Endangered Species Act and are listed on the IUCN Red List. It is illegal to touch or harass them at any time. This event was possible under an exclusive research NMFS permit. What a wonderful and unique opportunity this was for the community to have a close encounter.
All photos by John Cassell and Jarvon Stout