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Blueprint for marine turtle recovery

The Government has further strengthened its commitment to protect marine turtles in our waters with the release of the revised marine turtle recovery plan.

The new recovery plan, which will remain in place until 2027, provides direction for the ongoing conservation and management of marine turtles in Australia.

It will build on the successful outcomes delivered by the previous plan and step up efforts to tackle emerging and existing threats to the species.

The Government, together with the New South Wales and Queensland governments, jointly made the new recovery plan under national environment law.

In developing the recovery plan, the Government worked closely with the relevant government agencies, scientists, Indigenous community and ranger groups and interested stakeholders from around Australia.

The level of collaboration invested in putting this plan together highlights the need for us to continue to work together and tackle the threats facing these species nationally and internationally.

Six of the world’s seven species of marine turtle are found nesting or foraging in Australia’s waters and all are listed under national environment law.

Most of these species, however, migrate across the globe and face a range of serious threats to their survival wherever they go.

The plan identifies 13 threats to the ongoing survival of marine turtles.

These threats include climate change, marine pollution, illegal wildlife trade, fisheries bycatch and the destruction of turtle eggs and hatchlings by predators such as feral pigs, dogs and goannas.

The plan includes strategies to address the threats to marine turtles on a national level as well as activities for the Government to pursue on the international stage.

The Government will continue to advocate for and work towards solutions to the challenges that face marine turtles globally by working directly with our neighbours and engaging with other countries at international forums.

In Australia, the destruction of turtle nests by predators such as feral pigs is one of the biggest threats to the future of the species.

In response, the Federal and Queensland governments jointly invested $7 million in the Nest to Ocean Turtle Protection Program which is continuing to deliver benefits to our turtle populations.

Since the program started in mid-2014, 93 per cent of nests monitored by the ranger groups working under the program were protected and produced hatchlings.

Source: Australian Government

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