Western Cape York’s endangered and vulnerable sea turtles now have safer nesting sites, thanks to an innovative collaboration between local Indigenous ranger groups.
In its first three years of operation, The Western Cape Turtle Threat Abatement Alliance (WCTTAA) has significantly reduced predation of turtles on the western Cape coast.
The region is Queensland’s only nesting site for the endangered Olive Ridley turtle, and is an important nesting area for the vulnerable Flatback and Hawksbill turtles.
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The purpose of this project was to undertake a targeted aerial cull on pests animals such as pigs around Flatback nesting sites. A further goal was the implementation of an Indigenous ranger NRM training and mentoring program developed and delivered with the NPARC/Apudthama Ranger Program, targetting turtle nesting beaches and including training and monitoring.
Cape York Natural Resource Management will distribute $462 838 in the current financial year across 16 organisations for Cape York land and sea management projects, as part of the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.
In total, 52 Expressions of Interest (EOI) were received by Cape York NRM for projects which focussed on looking after Cape York’s Wetlands of National Significance, springs and waterways.
Cape York NRM’s Chairperson, David Claudie said the EOI project applications received by Cape York NRM totalled over $1 000 000.
Rangers are having fantastic success protecting the nests of nationally endangered olive ridely turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea) along beaches managed by the Pormpuraaw Land and Sea program. Since June, around 60 nests have had aluminium cages - designed by Pormpuraaw's Environmental Manager, Robbie Morris - installed to protect against predation on egg clutches by feral pigs, dogs and goannas. These cages have been incredibly successful with 100% of protected nests have remaining intact though to hatching.