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.
Articles are invited for submission in Cape York NRM’s Healthy Country Newsletter. The newsletter is distributed to over 2000 people and organisations, providing the opportunity to share Cape York’s natural resource management practices far and wide.
The newsletter reaches Cape York NRM members, government organisations and funding partners, land and sea managers, Traditional Owners, other NRM bodies, graziers, farmers, businesses, tourism bodies, conservation groups and the general public.
This project documents the aquatic fauna and quantify the water quality of wetlands on Violet Vale Station. These surveys targeted fish, crustaceans and turtles and provides an indication of the inherent biodiversity value of the wetlands and serve as baseline data to monitor future management actions.
The Kowanyama Rangers officially started their marine turtle monitoring program this week. In 2014, the ranger group received training and support from the Threatened Species Unit of the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection and several rangers attended training at the famous Mon Repos Turtle Centre in early 2015.
This year will be the first full season of monitoring on the beaches between the South Mitchell River and Topsy Creek on beaches managed by the Kowanyama Aboriginal Land and Natural Resource Management Office.
This project is enabling training support to the Ayapathu Rangers for monitoring the effectiveness of their lantana control project 'Protecting Balclutha (Lava Hill) Nature Refuge'. Support is being provided through on ground training in monitoring techniques using Fulcrum software and also providing ipad equipment for capturing data.
This project worked with Cape York Nature Refuge Landholders to provide support to develop and submit on-ground conservation project applications for funding under Northern Gulf Resource Management Groups project 'Building Resilient Landscapes- Maintaining and Enhancing Biodiversity Values in Northern Gulf and Cape York Nature Refuges'. These project applications included detailed project summaries, maps, budgets and monitoring approaches.
The Taepithiggi Batavia Clan Group Aboriginal Corporation (TBCAC), formed following the Old Mapoon Aboriginal Corporation’s establishment in 2013, represents the custodians of country stretching from the Wenlock and Ducie rivers, Cape York.
This new group aims to develop a master plan for economic development, that includes at lease one proposal for an eco-tourism facility in the Wenlock catchment.