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Ningaloo Turtle Program annual report 2004-2005

Posted on 12 October 2011

TitleNingaloo Turtle Program annual report 2004-2005
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsRichards, A
Subsidiary AuthorsMau, R, Bedford S, Schneider M, Macgregor K, Hughes M, Carter R, Dodson M, Silva J, Burgess R
Date Published07/2005
InstitutionNingaloo Turtle Program
Report NumberAnnual report 2004-2005
Keywordsbiodiversity, Ningaloo, turtles
AbstractThe 2004/2005 Ningaloo Turtle Program (NTP) which includes the Ningaloo Community Turtle Monitoring Program (NCTMP) and the Jurabi Turtle Centre (JTC) resulted in an outstanding success. The program has expanded from previous seasons with increases in: · the number of volunteers and volunteers’ hours contributed; · geographical areas monitored; and · number of days monitored. The Ningaloo Turtle Program has grown significantly with the inclusion of operations at the Jurabi Turtle Centre and the expansion of community turtle monitoring to other regions in the Pilbara, The Ningaloo Community Turtle Monitoring Program has collected data over three successive turtle nesting seasons and obtained results indicating trends in turtle nesting activity on the North West Cape (Figure 1). · The abundance of turtle nesting activities on specific sections of beach and the relative significance of specific sections to each species of turtle have been established. · The abundance of turtle nesting activities over specified time intervals has been determined. · A significant loggerhead turtle rookery on the mainland of the Ningaloo coast has been identified at Bungelup in the Cape Range National Park. · Targeted fox baiting programs have resulted in the reduction of fox presence and predation along three important turtle rookeries along the Ningaloo coast. · The rescue of 49 mature female turtles from stranding in the sand dunes over the duration of the program has provided an added benefit to populations of recovering marine turtles. The Jurabi Turtle Centre commenced operations in 2004/2005. Education and interpretive information presented at the centre during turtle nesting season has provided a focus for turtle tourism along the Jurabi coast. It has been determined that education and interpretation alone has limited effectiveness and further development of the management of visitor-turtle interactions will be an outcome from this season. The capacity building and outreach component has resulted in the identification of a flatback turtle rookery in Port Hedland not previously recorded. It has facilitated community turtle monitoring programs in the Pilbara and generated education and awareness towards marine turtle conservation in Pilbara communities.
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