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Help Halt the Hawksbill Hunt

A project of WWF-Australia in conjunction with the partners and sponsors detailed below.

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NameSpeciesLife StageRelease DateLast LocationDays Transmitted
K16172 HawksbillAdult2017-01-302018-02-21387
K5423 HawksbillAdult2017-02-032017-03-3156
K81554 HawksbillAdult2017-02-062018-02-21380
QA49441 HawksbillAdult2017-01-302017-10-27270
QA49444 HawksbillAdult2017-01-302018-01-22357
T58727 HawksbillAdult2017-01-302018-02-07373

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Working alongside the Apudthama indigenous rangers, Queensland Government turtle scientist Dr Ian Bell, WWF-Australia is helping to halt the hawksbill hunt.

As ten’s of thousands of hawksbills have been taken from the population to satisfy demand for the tortoiseshell trade, been caught in nets, meat and eggs harvested, scientists now believe the northern Great Barrier Reef stock is in steep decline.

Six satellite transmitters were attached to hawksbill turtles nesting on Milman Island, in Gudang Sea Country, Cape York – a declining index site, once one of the 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, we need to find out much more about their migration paths and foraging grounds, and where the greatest impact may be happening if we have any chance of recovering the population.

We are adding the data from these satellite transmitters to ones we deployed in January last year and another four we deployed in January, in the hope this is just the start to finding out much more about hawksbill turtles in the help to halt the hawksbill hunt.

Project Partners

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.

Project Sponsors

Thank you to WWF-Australia and Wildlife Computers for providing the satellite transmitters.


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