RAINE ISLAND TURTLE RESCUE
One of my proudest achievements as Minister for National Parks, Recreation, Sport & Racing is the Raine Island Rescue.
Raine Island is the world's largest known rookery for the vulnerable green turtle. It is the breeding ground for 70% of the world's green turtle population and more than 100,000 of the turtles visit each year to lay eggs. But, the coral cay had been smashed by cyclones and previously hurt by phosphate mining, meaning sand was being lost from the island into the ocean.
The rescue involved installing 400 metres of fencing along cliff edges to minimise turtles being upturned during the nesting season, re-profiling 150 metres of beach foredune and swale to reduce water inundation of nests, establishing a number of fenced 'nursery' plots with ideal conditions to determine optimal nesting success and installing cameras and data loggers to improve communication and satellite monitoring.
Click on the video above to see the amazing footage of the mission to save the Green Sea Turtle population. Thank you to all involved.