Donation boosts turtle research

Boatswain’s Beach/Cayman Turtle Farm recently donated $20,000 to the Marine Turtle Research Group for the publication of its Marine Turtle Newsletter. The publication is provided free to any interested person around the world and can be accessed at www.seaturtle.org/mtn.

The purpose of the newsletter is to assist with the dissemination of critical information on marine turtles to researchers around the world. Published quarterly, the newsletter is available in both Spanish and English, stated a press release.

Boatswain’s Beach Curator of Marine and Research, Catherine Bell, noted that the newsletter has been in publication for 29 years and has a readership of more than 60,000.

‘We are very grateful to the Cayman Turtle Farm for their continued support of the Marine Turtle Newsletter. Their annual donation is critical to the continuation of this fantastic resource, which is currently free to all readers and read in over 130 countries worldwide,’ said newsletter co-editor Dr. Annette Broderick.

Managing Director Kenneth Hydes, explained that ‘since its inception, Cayman Turtle Farm has been involved in turtle research and to date has over 100 scientific publications credited to work done at the Farm or research conducted using turtles supplied by the Farm. As one of the underpinning principals behind the Boatswain’s Beach development, research opportunities will expand throughout a number of forums and our support of the Marine Turtle Newsletter will undoubtedly reflect this commitment and assist in bringing the latest advancement in turtle research to the largest possible worldwide audience.’

Cayman Turtle Farm at Boatswain’s Beach will soon open its Education Centre, which will be made available to scientists and students from around the world for research of marine life, the release said.

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