Train­ing to save stranded tur­tles

Isis Town and Country - - News -

MEM­BER for Bur­nett Stephen Ben­nett has wel­comed the in­tro­duc­tion of on­line train­ing to help stranded ma­rine tur­tles on the Great Bar­rier Reef coast­line.

Mr Ben­nett said the train­ing pack­age for vol­un­teers has been de­vel­oped by the Queens­land Parks and Wildlife Ser­vice and Great Bar­rier Reef Ma­rine Park Author­ity.

“It’s quite com­mon to see ma­rine tur­tle stranded along our coast and is usu­ally at­trib­uted to dis­ease, run-ins with boats and net en­tan­gle­ment, pre­da­tion and star­va­tion,” he said.

“It’s my un­der­stand­ing that vol­un­teers are cur­rently re­spond­ing to about 60 per cent of ma­rine an­i­mal strand­ings along our coast­line, and the on­line train­ing is ex­pected to in­crease that re­sponse rate.

“Our ded­i­cated vol­un­teers do an in­cred­i­ble job in res­cu­ing sick and in­jured tur­tles and most are nursed back to a full re­cov­ery and re­leased back into the wild.

“This new on­line train­ing tool will teach our vol­un­teers how to col­lect data from the strand­ing in­ci­dents. This data is vi­tal to help in­tro­duce and im­prove pro­tec­tion mea­sures through­out Queens­land.”

For more in­for­ma­tion about on­line train­ing visit www.ehp.qld.gov.au/wildlife/ car­ing-for-wildlife/ma­rine _s­trand­ings.html.

All ma­rine an­i­mal strand­ings can be re­ported through the RSPCA Hot­line 1300 AN­I­MAL (1300 264 625) or through the GBRMPA Eye on the Reef App.

One in a thou­sand hatch­lings suc­cess­fully make it to adult­hood and they re­turn to the same beach where they were born to lay their eggs.

Tur­tles can lay over 100 eggs in one nest and these eggs are at risk from wildlife and hu­man ac­tions in nest­ing zones.

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