Cape York NRM have received funding through Round 1 of the Nest to Ocean Turtle Protection Program (NTOTPP) to support the on-going work of the Pormpuraaw Land and Sea Management Program to protect marine turtles nesting on coastal areas managed by the Pormpuraaw rangers. This work will complement activities already being conducted for ‘Project: Western Cape Feral Pig Control – Pormpuraaw’ and as part of activities associated with participation in the Western Cape Turtle Threat Abatement Alliance (WCTTAA).
Through this project the Ranger program will:
· Contribute to development of public awareness raising materials regarding access and use of turtle nesting beaches during marine turtle nesting season and installation of associated signage on beach access points
· Review/develop pig management plan
· Conduct predator control trials
· Establish a turtle camp at Christmas Creek
· One ranger to obtain aerial platform shooting qualifications
This project includes funds for:
· Purchase of materials for the establishment of a turtle camp at the mouth of Christmas Creek
· Contribution toward maintenance and/or hire of vehicles to be used for turtle monitoring and predator control activities
· Purchase of additional monitoring equipment
· Materials for predator control trials
Western Cape York’s endangered and vulnerable sea turtles now have safer nesting sites, thanks to an innovative collaboration between local Indigenous ranger groups.