all, we thank the Marsters families of Palmerston, Rarotonga,
and beyond for embracing the project, ourselves, and turtle conservation.
are indebted to to the Palmerston Island Council, Mayor
George Marsters, Island Secretary Lydia Marsters-Sijp,
Government Representative Melbourne Marsters, and Deputy
Mayor David Marsters for facilitating the study and granting
permission to conduct research; to the Government of the Cook
Islands, especially Arthur Taripo of the National Research
Council, also for granting permission to conduct the study; to
2nd Engineer Wulf Sarhage, Captain Iain Foster,
and crew of the expedition vessel Dardanella for conveying
HP and all the survey equipment and supplies to Palmerston in
the height of luxury; to Tap Pryor for his open-armed encouragement
and invaluable support from Rarotonga; . We also thank Phil
Clapham for his guidance in the proposal process and Woodie
Hartman and Halsey Burgund for their rigorous editorial
initial season of Palmerston Atoll Turtle Survey was made possible
through the generous support of the Conservation
Action Fund. Special thanks to Mike Donoghue for his immediate
and enduring enthusiasm for the project and to Greg Stone and
Cynthia Nichols for their support.
Though he is an investigator on the project, we have to acknowledge
the seemingly boundless support of George Balazs and the Marine
Turtle Research Program, a project of the Honolulu Laboratory
of the US NMFS, a division of NOAA. George has enthusiastically
provided the information, materials, and expertise which have
made this project possible, in particular providing training and
travel to HP and BTM for satellite transmitter deployment.
Stratos provided CCRC
communications, both a Mini-M moblie satellite terminal and
valuable airtime, for the 2000 field season of Palmerston Atoll
Turtle Survey. With the closest telephone a grueling 300 nautical
mile sail from our study site on Palmerston
Atoll, Stratos' satellite phone will be essential for arranging
otherwise-impossible logistics and for safety. See
our gratitude to Stratos.
Without our Maui Jim sunglasses,
we couldn't do the work we do.
Productions created the original whaleresearch.org. Thanks
for the vision and generosity of Uglyfish co-founder Gerard Sullivan.
Contact Jerry at Uglyfish.com.