Sea Turtle Foundation staff traveled to Weipa and Mapoon on the western Cape York peninsula last week, to assist in delivery with sea turtle strandings training, and to launch a second phase of a turtle and dugong awareness project with support from the Australian government’s Inspiring Australia program.
Staff from Sea Turtle Foundation and the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection provided training to the Napranum and Mapoon ranger groups and community members on turtle and dugong biology, threats, and stranding response techniques. Each ranger group also received a GoPro video camera to record and share what they and their communities are doing to protect sea turtles and dugong, and how they are incorporating science with traditional knowledge in their communities through turtle nesting monitoring, marine debris and ghost net removal, stranding response, and other activities. STF will assist in sharing the videos amongst communities, to build relationships and showcase the hard work happening in the Cape to protect dugong and sea turtles for future generations.
More trainings are planned for other communities in Cape York in the coming months, so we hope to have an update on this exciting project soon!