Turtle Island Restoration Network is tracking the movements of sea turtles in Galápagos, Ecuador to support the implementation of a marine protected area in the region.

Why Sea Turtles?

All seven species of sea turtles have been declared endangered, threatened or vulnerable by the US Endangered Species Act, national agencies, or international conservation bodies.

Green sea turtles migrate long distances between feeding grounds and the beaches from where they hatched. Data collected by Turtle Island Restoration Network from previously tagged green sea turtles demonstrate a connection and the need for conservation between the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador and Cocos Island in Costa Rica.

What We’re Doing

On November 21, 2018, two green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas) were fitted with a satellite tracker by TIRN’s research partners and released at Rosa Blanca, San Cristóbal Island, Galápagos, Ecuador. The tags will allow us to collect additional data needed to conserve sea turtles and help establish a marine protected area in the region. One of the sea turtles, named ROSARIO, is being supported by VMware, a global leader in cloud infrastructure and digital workspace technology.

Satellite telemetry is an important method for protecting sea turtles. Satellite tags and the attachment process are harmless to turtles. Turtles adapt quickly to carrying the tag, which are designed to eventually fall off.


Tag Sponsors

The satellite tags are supported by VMware, a global leader in cloud infrastructure and digital workspace technology. VMware software powers the world’s complex digital infrastructure. The company’s cloud, networking and security, and digital workspace offerings provide a dynamic and efficient digital foundation to over 500,000 customers globally, aided by an ecosystem of 75,000 partners. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, VMware is committed to being a force for good, from its breakthrough innovations to its global impact. 

What You Can Do

Join us as we fight to protect green sea turtles like Rosario.