Much can be learned about the condition of the planet’s environment by looking at sea turtles. Here, STC Executive Director David Godfrey releases a juvenile green turtle in Bermuda.
LINDEN, N.J. — To mark Earth Day and demonstrate its continued commitment to promoting a sustainable environment for all who inhabit the world, Turtle & Hughes electrical and industrial distributors has announced its corporate sponsorship of the Sea Turtle Conservancy (STC) Tour de Turtles program.
“This commitment to STC is another partnership exhibiting the comprehensive Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) program we are building,” said Jayne Millard, Chairman and Co-CEO. “Our successes include creating a sustainable supply chain, promoting green solutions for energy management, launching Turtle Energy Storage Services (TESS) grid- and facility-scale energy storage solutions, and extending the national network of charging stations for electric vehicles.”
“Because of its interest in green solutions, Turtle & Hughes has been a great partner to STC,” said David Godfrey, Executive Director of STC. “With Turtle & Hughes’ support of the Tour de Turtles program, we have learned new information vital to the protection of sea turtles in the Caribbean. Through the Tour de Turtles, STC has identified different foraging behaviors and regions, seasonal movements based on water temperature, and identified new areas that should be classified as critical habitat for sea turtles.”
What is the Tour de Turtles?
Now in its 13thth year, this is the fourth time that Turtle & Hughes has participated in the Tour de Turtles, which follows the migration of four different species of sea turtles from their nesting beaches to their foraging ground.
Turtle & Hughes is sponsoring one of four leatherbacks that will be released from Chiriqui Beach, Panama this summer. Using satellite telemetry, STC will track the turtles to determine how far they swim. The one to swim the furthest distance wins.
Each turtle swims to raise awareness about one of the threats to the species. Turtle & Hughes will help raise awareness about light pollution caused by certain types of artificial beach lights that discourage nesting and disorient hatchlings. The data collected helps researchers, conservationists, and governing agencies make more informed decisions about sea turtle conservation methods and policies.
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