The Jumby Bay Hawksbill Project is a long-term research and conservation program, monitoring the hawksbill sea turtle nesting colony on Long Island, Antigua in the West Indies.
The 2012 nesting season marks the 26th year of study at Jumby Bay, and we’re proud that the project is going as strong as ever. The JBHP stands as the longest, continuous running hawksbill research program in the world. Since the project’s inception in 1987, close to 400 nesting hawksbills have been individually identified and tagged, and hundreds of thousands of hatchlings have scurried down the sand into Pasture Bay to begin their life journeys. Many of those turtles first tagged back in the late 1980s are still crawling upon Jumby Bay’s beaches more than 2 decades later! And new, first-time nesters appear as recruits to the population every year.
Certainly much has changed since those early years at Pasture Beach, but the core of the research program – nightly, hourly beach patrols to tag nesting hawksbills – remains the same as it has for the past quarter-century. This research consistency is one factor that sets the JBHP apart and highlights the project’s value to the sea turtle conservation community.