What WWF is doing to protect marine turtles
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The good news is that we can save marine turtles.
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Marine turtles are one of WWF’s global flagship species and one of WWF-Australia’s priority species for protection. We are working with businesses and government to conserve the habitats of marine turtles and to increase their natural resilience.
WWF and marine turtle protection
WWF is tackling turtle conservation on a number of fronts, including:
• working with Indigenous partners to generate greater awareness within their traditional communities about the need for the protection, conservation and management of marine turtles. This collaboration will help extend their capacity to monitor and manage marine turtles, tackle illegal and unsustainable hunting, counter feral pig predation and investigate the emergence of the fibropapilloma virus in their sea country
• campaigning to increase habitat protection nationally (through Marine Protected Areas, critical habitat protection and Indigenous Protected Areas) in key turtle feeding and breeding areas
• working to reduce the threats from fishing, particularly to ensure that Australian trawl and net fisheries are managed effectively either through habitat protection, gear modification or more stringent regulation.
• working to ban key pesticides that pose unacceptable risks to people, waterways and marine wildlife, including turtles and working with farmers to improve farming practices, which in turn improves Great Barrier Reef water quality
• adapting to climate change: As climate change sets in it hits turtles on many fronts:
- Sea levels rise leading to erosion of nesting beaches
- Hotter summers mean higher temperatures which leads to changes in sex ratios or prevents eggs from hatching
- Warmer ocean temperatures lead to coral bleaching and other damage to coral reefs, which are their essential feeding habitats
- Changes in ocean currents can modify migration paths and feeding patterns and disrupt the natural annual cycle on which these species have relied for millions of years
- More extreme rainfall can raise groundwater tables, thereby flooding nests.