Sea Turtle Research Program
Since 1987, HPA students and NOAA scientists have captured and tagged several thousand green sea turtles. Students grades 7 and up can participate in this program through the marine biology program at HPA. Over the past 28 years, HPA has worked with George Balazs, a sea turtle biologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), to capture, measure, tag and study the threatened Hawaiian green sea turtle. This work originally took place at Kiholo Bay, one of the prime habitats for juvenile green turtles on the west coast of Hawai'i. Over the course of 27 years, NOAA sponsored research trips have expanded to most of Hawai'i Island and many other parts of the world.Video envisioned, edited, and produced by HPA students.
The primary goal of these trips was to study the migratory habits and behavior of green and loggerhead turtles throughout the Pacific Ocean. We have attached several hundred satellite tags to green and loggerhead turtles in such places as Japan, Australia, New Caledonia, Singapore, Rose Atoll (American Samoa) and the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. These research trips have resulted in the publication of many articles in peer-review journals, presentations at numerous sea turtle symposia and talks to the lay public about sea turtle biology and conservation.