Mapoon Land and Sea Rangers
The Land and Sea Program is one of the programs under the repsonsibility of the Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council.
Under a strong partnership with traditional owners involved with the Old Mapoon Aboriginal Corporation, the program is carried out on the traditional lands of Tjungundji, Yupungathi Warrangku, Taepithiggi, Thanakwith and Mpakwithi peoples.
The Mapoon Land and Sea Rangers commenced operation in 2008, continuing tirelessly to look after their community, culture and country. Rangers are based at the Jean Jimmy Land and Sea Centre, managing 183,000 ha of Mapoon Deed of Grant of Land in Trust (DOGIT) lands, spread along 80km of coastline over three major river catchments.
Contributing with an amazinigly diverse set of skills, the Rangers are involved in marine turtle monitoring and protection, weed and feral animal control, wetland conservation, the re-introduction of traditional fire management techniques and the development of a database, ghost net and marine debris removal, and mapping traditional knowledge and geographic information.
The Mapoon Land and Sea Rangers are a founding member group of the Western Cape Turtle Threat Abatement Alliance and play a key role in reducing threats to vulnerable and endangered marine turtles nesting on the west coast of Cape York Peninsula.
The Western Cape Turtle Threat Abatement Alliance (WCTTAA) is a partnership of land and sea owners and managers from the Northern Peninsula Area, Mapoon, Napranum, Pormpuraaw, Aurukun and Kowanyama who work together for the protection of marine turtles along the west coast of Cape York. WCTTAA was formally established in 2013, driven by the communities’ desire to improve conservation outcomes for threatened turtle species.
Rangers of the Western Cape Turtle Threat Abatement Alliance (WCTTAA) have completed another successful year of turtle nest monitoring and protection on western Cape beaches for 2017. The partnership of five Ranger groups from Northern Peninsula Area, Mapoon, Napranum, Pormpuraaw and Kowanyama work together for the protection of marine turtles along the west coast of Cape York.View