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Sea turtle tagging in the Mariana Islands Training and Testing (MITT) study area, 15 December 2016
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    Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (U.S.) ; United States, Navy., Pacific Fleet., Environmental Readiness Office, ;
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    "The U.S. Navy developed monitoring questions for the Mariana Islands Training and Testing (MITT) study area (under the Mariana Islands Range Complex Monitoring Plan) as required under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) of 1972 and the Endangered Species Act (ESA) of 1973. The MITT monitoring questions outline the scope of monitoring the Navy will undertake to understand marine mammal and sea turtle distribution and ultimately, and impacts from Navy training and testing. The monitoring described in this annual report will result in partial fulfillment of the ESA Biological Opinion (BO) received for the MITT in 2015. The overall objective of the plan is to collect field data that will enable the Navy and NOAA Fisheries to better understand the distribution and habitat use of sea turtles in the Mariana Islands. Data generated via implementation of this monitoring plan will be integrated into the Navy-wide Integrated Comprehensive Monitoring Program (ICMP). Of the 5 species of sea turtles associated with the MITT, this annual report provides data on the habitat and movements of green turtles (Chelonia mydas) and hawksbill turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata) that were tagged by PIFSC-MTBAP staff and satellite-tracked in the nearshore waters of Saipan, Tinian, and Guam. The other three species are not generally associated with neritic nearshore waters and were not observed during the monitoring years"--Background.

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    Funding: NOAA PIFSC; contract number: NMFS-PIC-16-008;
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