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Forty years of research : recovery records of green turtles observed or originally tagged at French Frigate Shoals in the northwestern Hawaiian Islands, 1973-2013
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    Recovery records of green turtles observed or originally tagged at French Frigate Shoals in the northwestern Hawaiian Islands, 1973-2013
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    In 1983 the publication of the NOAA Technical Memorandum titled 'Recovery records of adult green turtles observed or originally tagged at French Frigate Shoals, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands' authored by George Balazs included tagging and sighting data for 294 individual turtles witnessed in association with the Hawaiian green turtle's main rookery of French Frigate Shoals (FFS). Herein we bring that report up to date and include some novel ways to present the information gathered in more than 40 years of systematic monitoring at FFS . We used tagging and tag recovery data for the 5,806 turtles that have been encountered at FFS at least once including all age classes and both genders. We analyzed tag recovery data gathered from turtles that were encountered nesting, basking or stranded along the Hawaiian Islands' shorelines, as well as turtles that were captured during targeted ocean-capture field work expeditions. Furthermore, we examined some of the patterns that emerge from the data and chose a few ways to display them to highlight their exceptional value. [doi:10.7289/V5DV1GTC (http://dx.doi.org/10.7289/V5DV1GTC)]
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