Mission Statement

The Jumby Bay Hawksbill Project seeks to better understand the life history and population dynamics of the hawksbill sea turtle, in hopes that our findings will serve as a foundation for wise management and sound, scientifically-grounded policy making. We strive to promote the successful conservation of sea turtles in Antigua and across the region through increased public awareness of marine turtles. Only through long-term public support will hawksbills in Antigua and Barbuda – and the greater Caribbean – have a chance at survival and recovery.


The JBHP is a scientifically rigorous research project, based on intensive monitoring of the island’s nesting beaches. Saturation tagging, or ensuring that every turtle nesting on Pasture Beach is identified, forms the foundation for our research. As the longest, continuous-running hawksbill study in the world, we have the ability to address unique ecological questions while continuing to explore new research opportunities. So, maintaining the integrity of our dataset is of primary importance.

The JBHP has accumulated a wealth of research experience and knowledge about hawksbill population ecology, nesting and reproduction over the past few decades. We’re proud to be able to share this information and our experiences with others through a variety of educational outlets, including:

  • Hosting experiential Turtle Watches for Jumby Bay residents, Jumby Bay resort guests, Antiguans, and tourists.
  • Conducting public awareness presentations for school groups.
  • Developing partnerships with local and regional organizations, such as Antigua’s Environmental Awareness Group, and hosting international researchers through training exchange programs.