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 coastline north of the Pormpuraaw community has an extensive Olive Ridley sea turtle nesting rookery with PLASM rangers currently patrolling and protecting around 18,000 eggs incubating in nests along 50 klms of very remote coastline
The Apudthama Rangers, leading scientists and the Western Cape Turtle Threat Abatement Alliance are concerned there is a dramatic decrease in nesting sites of the Hawksbill Turtle, at one of the key rockeries, Milman Islet.
Western Cape Turtle Threat Abatement Alliance coordinator, Johanna Karam, talks to ABC Far North.
People and Partnerships are integral to successful natural resource management on Cape York. The summer edition of the newsletter (Issue 25) showcases the importance of partnerships, and highlights some of the great work that has taken place on Cape York in 2015.
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The October/November 2015 issue R.M.Williams OUTBACK magazine' story Tip Top by Ken Eastwood, featured extensive coverage of Cape York.
Cape York NRM's Chair Director Emma Jackson and her family from Wolverton Station headlined the article, along with several of Cape York NRM's land management partners.
We are very grateful to Ken Eastwood and R.M.Williams OUTBACK magazine for allowing us to share this article with you on our website.
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.