This project is sponsored by the INOS-HICoE Research Grant (2013 -2015)

 

Sea turtles spend the majority of their time out at sea within their foraging habitats compared to their reproductive habitats. Yet, most of what we know about sea turtles is while they are at their nesting beaches. Protecting sea turtles and their eggs only at nesting beaches does not guarantee survival of the population since sea turtles spend over 95% of their time out at sea, mostly in their foraging grounds. It is thus crucial to determine where these foraging grounds are and to learn about their status, biology, behaviour and health at these foraging areas. Brunei Bay has been identified as an area with extensive seagrass beds and known to harbour dugongs, turtles and other marine mammals. It is also an area where massive development projects are already or in the pipeline and may threaten these marine endangered species. This study aims to understand better the biology, ecology, behaviour, and population structure of sea turtles while they are in their foraging habitats at Brunei Bay. Knowledge gained in these areas will provide us with scientific data and understanding to better manage and protect sea turtle populations in the region.