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Bundaberg's Mon Repos Turtle Centre gets $10m for expansion 8 June 2016

Photo credit: ABC - Eliza Rogers The Queensland Government has included $10 million in its state budget to expand the Mon Repos Turtle Centre in Bundaberg. The redevelopment aims to provide a "contemporary ecotourism experience that allows visitors to immerse themselves in marine turtle research and conservation." MP Leanne Donaldson noted that:

"Thirty-thousand people came just last year, those numbers have been increasing and with the redevelopment we anticipate it will be even more popular into the future." More »


Indonesia-born leatherback turtles spotted off coast of Vancouver Island 8 June 2016

The Marine Education and Research Society is working with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to try to determine exactly where leatherback turtles hang out on the coast of British Columbia, Canada's westernmost province. There have been relatively few recorded sightings (only 130) since the 1930s, but the massive turtles are known to feed on jellyfish in coastal waters. A clever hotline has been set up for anyone who spots one: 1-866-I-SAW-ONE. The Society hopes to draw attention to threats facing these endangered animals, which include entanglement in fishing gear and discarded plastic.  More »


Celebrate World Oceans Day with turtle ID guide 8 June 2016

A field guide to Queensland’s marine turtles is helping land and sea rangers identify turtle species, tracks and predators while doing turtle monitoring. The guide, which is also online, contains identification keys, photographs, diagrams, survey tips and details of the six species of marine turtles that visit Queensland beaches. It also provides valuable information about predators like foxes, dogs and feral pigs and will help show where predator control is most needed.

“The 30-page Queensland Marine Turtle Field Guide was developed as part of the $7 million 'Nest to Ocean' Turtle Protection Program jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments,” said Queensland Environment Minister Dr Steven Miles. More »


Massive bleaching killed 35% of the coral on northern end of Great Barrier Reef 31 May 2016

Photo credit: Johanna Leonhardt Researchers have confirmed the grim toll of an unusually hot summer on Australia's Great Barrier Reef: Mass bleaching has killed 35% of corals on the northern and central sections of the 2300 km long system. 50% of the corals have perished on 24 of the 84 reefs surveyed, including specimens that were 50 - 100 years old. It is reported to be the worst of three major bleaching events that have occurred in the last 18 years. The increasing frequency of bleaching expected to accompany global warming will give reefs less chance to recover. Fortunately this year's bleaching is over, since waters have cooled with the approach of the Southern Hemisphere winter. More »


Singapore: Beaches here vital to turtles' survival 31 May 2016

Photo: LIANHE ZAOBAO FILE (The Straits Times) Reporting for The Straits Times, Lin Yangchen documents sightings in recent years of turtle hatchlings and adults laying eggs on the shores of Singapore's East Coast Park and Changi Beach. Soon, turtle eggs will have a safe place to develop should they need protection, with plans in place for the country's first sea turtle hatchery, supported by a donation from HSBC Singapore. The facility will be set up at the southern lagoon on Small Sisters' Island by the end of next year, and will form an integral part of Singapore's first marine park. More »


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