Help save sea turtles and contribute to the conservation of marine biodiversity
Sea turtles have been around for over 150 million years. Despite their terrestrial origin they evolved and became adapted to the ocean, unlike other reptiles. There are 5 species of sea turtles occurring in Portuguese waters, all listed on the IUCN Red List of Endangered Species as “endangered” or “critically endangered”. The survival rate of sea turtles is decreasing, largely due to anthropogenic actions that destroy their nesting habitats, and also due to poor coastal management plans, pollution, and accidental capture by fisheries.
In order to avoid the extinction of these species, more research on their behavior and habitats is needed, so that we can promote their survival. Some sea turtles travel 10 thousand miles each year crossing the territorial waters of different countries. Therefore, considering these wide ranging species, biodiversity conservation must be seen as a priority that concerns us all, not just one country or region.
Who are we?
CRAM-Q (Rehabilitation Center of Marine Animals of Quiaios), is managed by SPVS (Portuguese Wildlife Society), a nonprofit Non-Governmental Organization which main objective is to boost and encourage research on Wildlife. Our mission at CRAM-Q focuses on the rescue, rehabilitation and return of marine animals back to nature (birds, mammals and reptiles) while increasing the scientific knowledge about these animals and their habitats. We are a team of technicians and researchers, rescuing animals from more than 500 km of the Portuguese coast with an average of five hundred interventions each year. Although cetaceans and seabirds are also admitted to CRAM-Q, with respect to turtles we have already rehabilitated common-turtles (Caretta caretta), green turtles (Chelonia mydas) and leatherback turtles (Dermochelys coriacea).
Our objectivePresently our main objective is to acquire the necessary transmitters to monitor sea turtles after their release back to the ocean. Tracking rehabilitated turtles is very important. Monitoring turtles after their release is the best way to ultimately evaluate the success of the rehabilitation process. By using post-release monitoring we are able to know where the turtle is travelling to, what type of dives are made, etc. Most importantly, it is the only way to find out what regions of the ocean (migration corridors, feeding areas, etc.) are actually important for their overall conservation. Until 2009 marine turtles were thought to have a “marginal occurrence” in Portuguese waters. Since then our research team was already able to demonstrate that sea turtles are much more frequent in our waters. In fact, in 2011 alone we collected 150 stranded turtles and 60 turtles were observed during a 4-day aerial census.At this point and because we have been struggling financially, we cannot meet the budget needed to purchase the necessary sea turtle transmitters. Presently, all available funding supports operational costs only, such as medication and food, specific analysis and veterinary care, staff salaries, maintenance of facilities (water, electricity, repairs), fuel for animal rescuing and releases.
Monitoring of 4 turtles (Caretta caretta)
Therefore, by assisting in the purchase of these transmitters you are contributing to the conservation of sea turtles and to the promotion of the conservation of biodiversity.
Be a Rehabilitator for 3 days or 10 week (Perks)
Attend and participate in activities such as: preparing food for various animals existing in the center; observation of eating behaviors; assist technicians in the whole process of animal treatment, measurement of physical parameters of the various aquatic systems & chemical analyses of water quality.
- Check in at 8:00 A.M.
- Presentation of the CramQ's team
- Brief explanation of the service provided by Cram-Q
- Guided tour of the center (the facilities and means available)
- Presentation of all animals recovering in the Center
- Preparing food for various animals existing in the center
- Lunch Break
- Talk about the organization (structure, resources, funding, results, animals returned to nature, and more complicated cases to rehabilitate
- Assist Technicians in the process of treatment of animals
- Participation in the release of any animal, if days match
Gifts: Certificate, Photography with Cram-Q team and an animal, T Shirt
At the end of the campaign, we will send all the perks to donors.
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We, and especially the animals, will be eternally grateful for your contribution. These are contributions that make the difference and allow us to continue and improve our work.
Thanks to Walt Disney Music Company & Walt Disney Records for allowing the use of music during the period of the campaign
On the 8th of April, this little 2,65Kg loggerhead turtle was accidentally captured in trammel nets, 3 nautical miles off Nazaré (center of Portugal). Mr. Henrique Maranhão, the captain of the fishing boat “Marco Aurélio” and his crew, promptly rescued this little guy from the nets and phoned the Maritime Authorities of Nazaré. CramQ was contacted and went to the fishing harbour to collect and assist the seaturtle. X-rays detected some water in the lungs and at the moment, the turtle is in rehab at CramQ, being preventively treated for pneumonia. The CramQ staff would like to thank the “Marco Aurélio” crew and the Polícia Marítima of Nazaré for their very important contribution to the conservation of marine turtles.
At the Maritime Authorities facilities in the Nazaré fishing harbour.
Already in the box ready to travel to CramQ
Mr Henrique Maranhão, the captain of the“Marco Aurélio” fishing boat that rescued the turtle from the trammel nets and called the maritime authorities to rescue the animal.
The seaturtle having an X-ray performed by Dr. Sara Dias at FozCanis (Veterinary Hospital)