As sand temperatures increase, the turtle population begins a gradual feminizing of the population occurs. This combined with the threats of poaching, predation and coastal erosion means the relocation of nests into the controlled environments of our hatcheries is vital for the long term survival of our turtles.
90% of all hatchlings are lost to predation. By keeping back the weakest and the injured into our nursery and health facility we help increase the odds of survival for these endangered animals.
Tagging & Long term Monitiring
To determine the health of the population of nesting turtles here within the Conflict Islands, we are conducting a long term tagging program. This will add the the Australian, Papua New Guinea and SPREP's data base for nesting turtles in that area and be able to eventually give us an estimate if the population here is stable, decreasing or increasing in size. This will be able to give us better understanding on how to effectively manage the population
80% of Hawksbill turtles that used the Conflict Islands as a nesting ground actually live and forage in the waters of Northern Australia and the Great barrier reef
Thanks to P&O for their contributions to help CICI in putting this all together!