Marine Sea Turtle Project


A world about the marine sea turtle from the Australian Wildlife Society


Turtles and dugongs need your help! The Australian Wildlife Society's goal is to protect our so-called protected sea turtles and dugongs from unregulated, no bag limit hunting that is carried out by some indigenous people under the guise of so called 'traditional' hunting. These 'traditional hunts are not exempt from laws to protect endangered or vulnerable species. For more information, a full list of native animals that are endangered or vulnerable can be found at this website

How can you help?

Write to the federal minister for the environment and ask for a total ban on the hunting of all protected native wildlife.

Ask why there is no bag limit on traditional hunting?

Call for a total ban on hunting for native marine life in green zones anywhere in Australia.

The Hon Sussan Ley MP
Minister for the Environment
PO Box 6022
House of Representatives
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

To email the Environment Minister please click HERE

The laws must be changed to bring indigenous people into line with all other Australians in terms of animal cruelty - and the killing of protected wildlife by anyone should not be tolerated.

The laws protecting Australia's native wildlife must be changed to reflect the sentiment of the vast majority of Australians and should be applied fairly and equally to all Australians regardless of their racial or ethnic origins.

This is not a conflict between indigenous rights and animal rights activists; it is a conflict between so called 'indigenous rights' and all right-thinking Australians. Archaic practices such as the inhumane stone-age killing of animals with a concrete block have no place in modern Australia. One can hardly call 'traditional hunting' reasonable when high-powered rifles and modern, fast motor boats are used to hunt our protected marine wildlife. Clearly the laws of Australia must apply to all Australians equally – with no exemptions to anyone.

If indigenous people continue to be exempt from the animal welfare laws, and such activities are permitted to continue, then all Australians are besmirched.

 Indigenous elders have also expressed their support for this proposal. Click here to view the proposal»



First donation made to Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre

The Australian Wildlife Society recently donated the funds to purchase two tanks, to be used in the rehabilitation of marine turtles. MORE »


Have you seen a marine turtle?

First appearing more than 100 million years ago, marine turtles represent an ancient and distinctive part of the world’s biological diversity. As recently as the 18th and 19th centuries, marine turtles were highly abundant, with some populations numbering well into the millions. In the last several hundred years, however, humans have overwhelmed the species’ ability to maintain their numbers. We capture them intentionally for food, skin and shell. We capture them accidentally in fisheries. We destroy their foraging, nesting and resting habitats. Most recently, we have been polluting the environment in which they live, the oceans. Today, few populations of marine turtles are unaffected. Most are declining, often seriously. Many are extinct.

Marine sea turtles are categorised from threatened to critically endangered. These days, the most significant threat for them is a commercial fishing technique called longline fishing that uses hundreds or even thousands of baited hooks hanging from a single line and causes accidental sea turtle deaths. MORE »

How is the Australian Wildlife Society helping, and how can you help?

The Australian Wildlife Society is now calling for donations to support the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre in their project to develop water holding facilities for the rehabilitation of turtles. Our Scientific Advisor, Dr Jennie Gilbert, has asked for our assistance in providing the additional tanks to rehabilitate a number of sea turtles that have been rescued recently.

The turtle rehabilitation centre is the only one north of Townsville and is very much in demand for rehabilitation of turtles, particularly turtles coming into care from Cape York. Some of these turtles may be in care for 6 - 12 months depending on the nature of their injury or disease. Currently they are very busy with turtles in care and are in need of support by means of funding to purchase two water tanks. The two new water tanks will act as primary settlement tanks removing a lot of the suspended solids from the incoming water before it reaches the filters on the current rehab tanks. Having the two tanks in place will provide backup water storage during interruptions to incoming pumping supply (eg power outages, routine maintenance and breakages). It will also allow the centre to quickly fill turtle rehab tanks when moving the turtles around or dropping the water out of their tanks for cleaning.

Our Society is hoping to raise the purchase price of the two new tanks - $3,400 delivered to Cairns – and now asks for a small donation towards this appeal.

The Australian Wildlife Society is registered as an Environmental Organisation and has tax deductibility status under the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 (Item 6.1.1, subsection 30-55 (1) ) to receive tax deductible donations.

Every dollar donated goes directly to the project and all donations are fully tax deductible and will be issued with a receipt immediately.

Thank you for your support.

Do you love marine sea turtles?

With your support we can save Australia's precious marine sea turtles

Join the Australian Wildlife Society's marine sea turtles donation program for as little as $10 or more each month and together we can make Australia a safe place where native wildlife conservation matters.

Donations of $2 or more are fully tax deductible and all quoted dollar amounts are in Australian currency.

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