STF KeepCups have arrived

Sea Turtle Foundation KeepCups have arrived in stock.

Marine debris is a huge problem not only for our marine turtles but for all creatures within our oceans. Picking up rubbish on our beaches is one way to reduce marine debris however this is not the answer, to truly have an impact on the amount of marine debris in our oceans we need to be reducing the amount of one use plastics that are produced and used.

One way you can do this is by using a reusable coffee mug. STF has our own personalised KeepCups now for sale on our website, at our Pallarenda office and hopefully soon at some coffee shops around North Queensland. Not only will you be helping us raise funds and helping marine turtles, some coffee shops also give a small discount to people who use a reusable cup.
If you own a coffee shop or café, in addition to purchasing your own KeepCup why not become a KeepCup partner with STF and sell some of our KeepCups instore? Perhaps you could even offer a small discount to people who bring in their own reusable cup. For more information Contact Us.

Buy a Sea Turtle Foundation KeepCup and help ensure Turtles For Tomorrow!

Take Me There!

Grill’d Local Matters

Grill'd Community Matters

We’ve been selected to participate in Local Matters at Grill’d Townsville this July!

Local Matters is the Grill’d community donation program that sees each Grill’d restaurant donate $500 back into the community every month. The donation is split between 3 local community groups $300 / $100 / $100.

HOW YOU CAN HELP?

We’d love your support in receiving the highest $300 donation! Simply head to Grill’d Townsville during July for a burger and pop your Local Matters token in our jar. The group with the most tokens at the end of the month receives the largest donation.

It’s a simple (and delicious) way to show your support!

You’ll find us on a jar at Grill’d Townsville.

Local Matters

Bon Voyage to Julie

On Friday 18 March we said farewell to Julie Traweek, our long serving Project Manager. Julie is heading back to Texas in the USA for family reasons and we wish her the very best.

Julie worked as a volunteer for a year before becoming the Sea Turtle Foundations 3rd Project Manager, when she took over from David Roe. At the time the world of environmental NFPs was vastly different. The rise of social media and the 24 hour instant news cycle was in its infancy. Smartphones were not ubiquitous and websites were mostly simple information channels. Communication technology was about to change the game.

Never one to take the limelight, Julie worked tirelessly to steer the Sea Turtle Foundation ship through a period of expansion and consolidation, and managed to pull both those tasks off with distinction.

One of Julie’s major strengths was her ability to build strong relationships with organisations such as James Cook University, QPWS and Reef HQ. As a result the acclaimed bi-annual Sea Turtle Health & Rehabilitation Workshop, and volunteer stranding response are now firmly established in N Queensland. In addition, the Sea Turtle Foundation is now an influential player in sea turtle conservation, with education programs, and projects in indigenous communities in northern Australia.

So, we would like to say a big ‘Thank You’ to Julie for her commitment and for working totally weird hours above and beyond the call of duty. She will be missed.

Raine Island Research Trip

Background

Raine Island is the world’s largest green sea turtle rookery. In recent years, both nesting and hatching success have been undergoing significant declines, and the Queensland government has made reversal of these trends a priority. Last year, the government entered into a partnership with BHP Billiton to fund research and monitoring activities on the island ($5.5 million over 5 years). The secured funding means that research trips to Raine Island are more frequent and high-profile. Due to our previous relationship with EHP/NPSR staff and satisfactory performance on previous monitoring trips on Raine Island, STF staff was invited to be part of the research trip scheduled for 26 January-February 8, 2016. The purpose of this report is to share information about the activities and evaluate outcomes of STF’s participation in the program, to inform future programming decisions. Participants included 16 researchers and volunteers from the following institutions and groups:
• Queensland Parks & Wildlife Service
• Torres Strait Regional Authority
• National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (USA)
• University of Queensland
• James Cook University
• Wuthathi Traditional Owners
• Murray Island Traditional Owners
• ReefHQ/Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
• Biopixel
• Sea Turtle Foundation

Nesting satellite-tagged turtle

Activities

The focus of this research event was hatching success, but also included monitoring of nesting success and total nesting population, in addition to surveys of seabird populations and seabird nesting success. The boat arrived on Raine Island on Wednesday, 27 January. Researchers worked in alternating night and day shifts. The group completed three nights of data collection on nesting success, one night of population monitoring (tally count and painting turtles for mark-recapture surveys), five nights of hatchling counts, and day shifts to rescue trapped turtles, excavate nests and monitor hatching success, and conduct reef flat surveys for population monitoring. The boat left Raine Island on Saturday 6 Feb due to weather, tides and an injured team member.

Excavating nests in Sector B

Excavating nests in Sector B

STF lodges submission regarding Port Melville, Tiwi Islands

Sea Turtle Foundation has lodged a submission detailing the reasons why Port Melville, a private facility built in the Tiwi Islands amongst nationally significant sea turtle nesting grounds, should be referred for assessment under the EPBC Act.  The port was built without any environmental approvals and poses risks for a number of protected species from increased shipping, potential spills and water pollution, and noise and lighting issues.

Read the full article from ABC here.

STF’s Stranding Response Team

Sea Turtle Foundation has become a leading coordinator for stranding response in north Queensland.  Not only do we respond to strandings and provide transport for turtles from regional areas to rehabilitation centres, we also provide stranding training and toolkits for volunteers throughout Queensland.  Our work with stranding response and volunteer coordination frees up state park rangers for other activities and gives turtles like this one a second chance (and a clean carapace).

Interested in becoming a stranding response volunteer or attending a training? Contact us via email any time for the latest training schedule!

STF participates in Raine Island research

Sea Turtle Foundation staff participated in a 10-day research trip to Raine Island, largest green turtle rookery in the world, with the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection and James Cook University.  Researchers are concerned with the hatching success rate on the island and activities included counting hatchlings, counting nesting adults, and assessing nesting success by excavating hatched nests and determining how many eggs hatched, how many didn’t, and what development stage the unhatched eggs reached.  We hope that the valuable data collected will allow researchers and EHP staff to learn how we can help improve the hatching success on Raine Island and ensure there are Turtles for Tomorrow!

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