Nest to Ocean Turtle Protection Program Round 2
The Queensland and Commonwealth governments have each committed matching funds of up to $3.5 million over the next four years to help reduce the threat of feral predation on marine turtle nests. Approximately $5 million remains for investment in predator control programs that will develop collaborative partnerships across governments and the community to enhance the incubation success of turtle eggs in Queensland.
The Nest to Ocean Turtle Protection Program focuses on the commitment made by the Commonwealth and Queensland governments to protect marine turtle eggs and
hatchlings from predation by feral pigs and other predators. The Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing’s Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS)
lead delivery of this $7 million program over four years in close collaboration with the Commonwealth Department of the Environment and other partner agencies.
The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service manages over 12.5 million hectares of land and seven million hectares of marine park. Many areas support active nesting of turtles
and the Service carries out active predator control in a number of key turtle nesting areas along the east coast. A range of other groups and organisations is also engaged in turtle conservation works around the state and this program supplements and complements existing projects to deliver improved turtle conservation outcomes. This program also aims to develop collaborative partnerships across governments and the community to enhance the incubation success of turtle eggs in Queensland through active predator control and other nest protection measures.
The goal of the research is to identify cost-effective control programs to reduce reinvasion of coastal areas by feral pigs and thereby reduce the need for aerial culls, it is important to improve our knowledge of pig populations and appropriate management units in western Cape York.The Western Cape Turtle Threat Abatement Alliance (WCTTAA) represents an agreement between land and sea managers from Pormpuraaw, Napranum, Mapoon and Northern Peninsula Area, to work together for the protection of marine turtles along the west coast of Cape York.