Training to save stranded turtles
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.