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Working alongside the Apudthama indigenous rangers, Queensland Government turtle scientist Dr Ian Bell, and the Western Cape Turtle Threat Abatement Alliance, supported by Cape York NRM, WWF-Australia is helping to halt the hawksbill harvest.
As ten’s of thousands of hawksbills have been taken from the population to satisfy demand for the tortoiseshell trade, been caught in nets and eggs harvested, scientists now believe the northern Great Barrier Reef stock may face an imminent population crash.
Two satellite transmitters were attached to hawksbill turtles nesting on Milman Island, in Gudang Sea Country, Cape York – a declining index site and largest hawksbill nesting beach in the entire Western Pacific.
From the data that’s been collected in the past, scientists believe hawksbill turtles nest and feed in the waters of Australia and throughout Melanesia. But the science is still young, and we need to find out much more about their foraging grounds and where the greatest impact may be happening if we have any chance of recovering the population.
We hope this is the start to finding out much more about hawksbill turtles foraging grounds in the help to halt hawksbill harvest.
The Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council / Apudthama land and sea ranger program operates under a joint agreement between the Council and The Apudthama Lands Trust. The area patrolled covers approximately 250, 000 Ha of land, and includes 300km of coast line. Turtle monitoring in partnership with scientists and other Cape York communities is a strong ranger programme focus.
The Western Cape Turtle Threat Abatement Alliance (WCTTAA) represents a collaboration between land and sea managers from Pormpuraaw, Napranum, Mapoon, Northern Peninsula Area and Kowanyama, working together for the protection of marine turtles along the west coast of Cape York. WCTTAA is supported by Cape York NRM.
Thank you to WWF-Australia and Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre for providing the satellite transmitters.