Turtle conservation

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[created on 10/11/2005]

Six of the world's seven species of marine turtles can be found in Australia's ocean areas and many of these are listed as endangered.

WWF's turtle conservation programs address the many threats faced by these unique sea creatures, including marine debris, unregulated fishing and bycatch.

Marine debris

In the north, our marine debris tracking program - in partnership with Aboriginal communities and Indigenous Sea Rangers - continues to address the entanglement of marine widlife in derelict nets and other discarded debris in the Arafura Sea. WWF is also continuing our efforts to reverse the decline of turtle populations through the protection of major nesting sites and benchmark research turtle numbers and breeding patterns.

Ningaloo

On Western Australia's Ningaloo Coast - home to a number of rare turtle species, including the threatened green and hawksbill turtles, and the endangered loggerhead turtle - WWF is part of the award-winning Ningaloo Community Turtle Monitoring Program, which aims to preserve and protect turtles and their habitat in this majestic reef region.

Olive Ridley turtle tracking

Once slaughtered in their hundreds of thousands for meat and leather, endangered olive ridley turtles have yet to recover from centuries of over-exploitation.

In the week of 19 April 2004, after five olive ridley's (Milika, Kitirayuwu, Milly, Jika and Mel) finished laying their eggs, transmitters were attached to their shells in preparation for their departure into the unknown. The turtles were tracked for a number of weeks - and we have produced an interactive tracker so that you can follow part of their journey.