The Western Cape Turtle Threat Abatement Alliance (WCTTAA) represents an agreement between land and sea managers from Pormpuraaw, Napranum, Mapoon, Northern Peninsula Area and Kowanyama to work together for the protection of marine turtles along the west coast of Cape York.

The alliance was formally established in May 2013 following 12 months of regional discussions for the future of turtle management on Cape York. Land and Sea Managers recognised that local coordination led to effective outcomes for turtle conservation and would be further enhanced by regional coordination.

WCTTAA’s vision is “to seek to efficiently manage threats to coastal habitats and enhance opportunities for nesting marine turtle populations of the Western Cape”. The mission of WCTTAA states they are “a partnership of on ground land and sea owners and managers, formed to set priorities, seek solutions and share knowledge to maximise the use of resources for coastal management on Western Cape York.”

They will do this by directing funding into priority areas; undertaking regional coordination of marine turtle work programs; training; data collection and analysis; and recognition and utilisation of local expertise.

Each of the Land and Sea Programs are already stretched to capacity, and a full time Coordinator was employed in March 2014 with funding support from Cape York NRM and Ghost Nets Australia. This position is hosted through Cape York NRM.

WCTTAA takes a truly bottom up approach to threat abatement through the coordination of on-ground works, and sharing of resources. Aboriginal Councils and Land Trusts support and direct decision-making of WCTTAA with work implemented by Ranger Groups. Resources are distributed where they are needed, through agreement of the WCTTAA membership. WCTTAA members have strategic representation on the Turtle and Dugong Taskforce and the group’s direction is in line with Queensland indigenous sea country policy.

To find out more about the Western Cape Turtle Threat Abatement Alliance contact the Coordinator at or phone Cape York NRM on 1300 132 262.

More information about land and sea manager groups involved in WCTTAA:

Turtle Nesting Information

Pig Control Information
23 Aug 2017

Western Cape York turtle nesting season is underway again. Turtles nest all year round on Cape York, but peak nesting time on the western Cape is from July to October each year.

21 Mar 2017

Western Cape York’s endangered and vulnerable sea turtles now have safer nesting sites, thanks to an innovative collaboration between local Indigenous ranger groups.

18 Jul 2016

This opportunity has now closed.

Your opportunity to help reduce threats to the marine turtles of western Cape York.

18 Apr 2016
The fifth annual Queensland Pest Animal Symposium will be held in Townsville from 7-10 November 2016.
08 Jan 2016

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.

22 Dec 2015

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.

18 Aug 2015

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.

23 Jul 2015

Issue 23 of Healthy Country Newsletter focuses on Cape York's threatened species. 

18 Jun 2015

The Kowanyama Rangers officially started their marine turtle monitoring program this week.

15 Sep 2013

Cape York’s threatened turtle species are set to benefit from a new alliance, originally formed on western Cape York in 2012.

12 Mar 2013

VOLUNTEERS and Indigenous rangers were engaged in hands-on learning with Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) scientists, monitoring sea turtles at an annual summer turtle and dugong training camp, during December 2012,  and January and February 2013, at Mon Repos near Bundaberg.

Northern Peninsula Area Turtle Information

Jan 2016
Reference Document

Pormpuraaw Land and Sea Rangers Sea Turtle Information

Jan 2016
Information leaflet describing turtle nesting in Pormpuraaw and protection activities of the Pormpuraaw Rangers 
Reference Document

Pormpuraaw Nest and Predation Data: 2015

Aug 2015
Visualisation for nesting and predation data. Shows species, location, timeline, predation, and cause for nests monitored by Pormpuraaw Rangers, Cape York.