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Naturewise - Cobourg Peninsula Turtle Monitoring

Green turtles are listed as 'vulnerable' under the National Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

The main threats are pollution and changes to important turtle habitats, especially coral reefs, seagrass beds, mangrove forests and nesting beaches.

This 15 day scientific monitoring program aims to locate nesting green turtles at night on the beach at Smith Point. The aim is to determine the number of nesting turtles and dispersal of the genetic population. The program was established in 2007 in partnership between Conservation Volunteers Australia and the Marine Biodiversity Group of the Northern Territory Government.

Situated on the western tip of Arnhem Land, Cobourg Peninsula is a remote coastal location, which features sandy beaches, coastal grasslands, mangroves, rainforest patches, swamps, lagoons, coral reefs and sea grass meadows.

Indicative rate includes - return transportation from Darwin for the duration of the project, food, camping accommodation, experienced turtle research assistants, training, project support and turtle monitoring activities.


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