World Turtle News, 07/25/2019
Funding cut for loggerhead sea turtle protection in Gnaraloo area, Australia by government, state, and Gnaraloo Station Trust
A spokesman for the Federal Environment Minister said the Government was committed to the conservation of the Gnaraloo loggerhead turtle rookeries in the Ningaloo World Heritage Area.
“The Australian Government continues to protect this species in this area through activities funded under the five-year Regional Land Partnerships Program,” he said.
“This includes support for the Gnaraloo Station Trust to continue feral animal control to protect Gnaraloo loggerhead turtle rookeries in the Ningaloo World Heritage Area.”
But Ms Hattingh argues that the lack of funding has fundamentally voided the data they spent 10 years gathering.
“To understand what happens with loggerhead turtle nesting, you need a 30-year baseline to deal with variations,” Ms Hattingh said.
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Photo from naraloo Turtle Conservation Program.