A project of James Cook University in conjunction with the partners and sponsors detailed below.
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The Raine Island Recovery Project is a five year, $7.95 million collaboration between BHP, the Queensland Government, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Wuthathi and Kemer Kemer Meriam Nation (Ugar, Mer, Erub) Traditional Owners and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation to protect and restore the island's critical habitat to ensure the future of key marine species, including green turtles and seabirds.
Raine Island supports the world's largest nesting population of the globally endangered green turtle. Approximately 90% of the northern Great Barrier Reef's green turtle population breeds here, making it the most significant breeding site in the world for green turtles.
In conjunction with James Cook University 40 female green turtles will be satellite tagged during the 2017/18 and 2018/19 nesting seasons at Raine Island. The information obtained from the satellite tags will help to better understand the habits and behaviours of the adult female green turtles that breed at Raine Island -how often they attempt to nest, how many times a season they nest, and what they do in between, ie do they stay around Raine Island or head off elsewhere.
Some of the tagged turtles will be named. Three names will be chosen by primary school students on Ugar, Mer and Erub islands in the Torres Strait (representing the Kemer Kemer Meriam Nation Traditional Owners) and one name will be given by Lockhart River Primary School students (representing Wuthathi Nation Traditional Owners).