Kate Sampson

Kate finds rehabilitation space for cold-stunned sea turtles, solves state and Federal permitting issues, locates drivers and pilots to carry turtles to warmer climes, and facilitates communication through the Stranding Network. She finds places for the turtles wherever she can within the network’s rehabilitation facilities. Private citizen pilots generously donate their plane, fuel, and time to fly turtles south, as does the U.S. Coast Guard. The largest transport Kate arranged was a 2014 Coast Guard flight that took 193 turtles to seven different rehab facilities in Florida.

Kate is a marine biologist who came to NOAA Fisheries in 2010. Prior to that, she worked as a Senior Biologist for the New England Aquarium Rescue Program to support stranded sea turtles and marine mammals. She also served as Assistant Director and Stranding Coordinator for the Whale Center of New England. Her experience and dedication makes her a tremendously valuable contributor to the recovery of these threatened and endangered sea turtles.

Kate finds rehabilitation space for cold-stunned sea turtles, solves state and Federal permitting issues, locates drivers and pilots to carry turtles to warmer climes, and facilitates communication through the Stranding Network. She finds places for the turtles wherever she can within the network’s rehabilitation facilities. Private citizen pilots generously donate their plane, fuel, and time to fly turtles south, as does the U.S. Coast Guard. The largest transport Kate arranged was a 2014 Coast Guard flight that took 193 turtles to seven different rehab facilities in Florida.

Kate is a marine biologist who came to NOAA Fisheries in 2010. Prior to that, she worked as a Senior Biologist for the New England Aquarium Rescue Program to support stranded sea turtles and marine mammals. She also served as Assistant Director and Stranding Coordinator for the Whale Center of New England. Her experience and dedication makes her a tremendously valuable contributor to the recovery of these threatened and endangered sea turtles.

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www.greateratlantic.fisheries.noaa.gov
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