Leatherback Turtle Survey Begins

The Protected Resources Division's first turtle survey, LUTH (Leatherback Use of Temperate Habitat), left San Diego on Sunday, 24 August, for a month-long survey aboard NOAA Ship David Starr Jordan; Scott Benson is the chief scientist. PRD is collaborating with the SWFSC Fisheries Resources and Environmental Research Divisions, Moss Landing Marine Labs, and the Alaska Fisheries Science Center to conduct this survey. The Jordan spent Sunday in San Diego Harbor while Dave Demer, Randy Cutter, Steve Sessions and Derek Needham successfully calibrated acoustics, after which the ship began a transit to the Monterey Bay area to begin its survey. 

David Starr Jordan