May 2020 Update: Large numbers of turtles in Moreton Bay
The Department of Environment and Science reports there are up to 20,000 turtles in Moreton Bay. This has seen a number of the smaller turtles displaced from their feeding grounds leading to a number of reported sightings and rescues. Two recent cases had malnourished green turtles collected at Hawk's Canal, Newport and just off Scarborough Reef.
If you come across sick, stranded, injured or dead marine animals such as a turtle, dugong, dolphin or whale, please report it to the Queensland Department of Environment and Science marine hotline on 1300 130 372 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Specific condition and location information is particularly helpful so GPS coordinates and photos are appreciated. If an animal has a tag, please record the tag data and take a photo of it as well.
January 2020: A sad start to the year for our turtles in Moreton Bay
Quest papers through the Redcliffe Herald and the Courier Mail released a front page report on the plight of a number of turtles stranded on the Redcliffe foreshores. Geoffrey Redman, president of REF and a volunteer for reporting turtle strandings in Moreton Bay was called to a number of strandings in early 2020. Comments from Geoffrey:
"The first day of 2020 was a very sad day for me. A boat strike on a very large(114cm) female green turtle near the Sea, Salt and Vine Café, Scarborough. She must have been killed recently. I would say over 80 years of age, and a lovely looking girl she was. RIP. Thanks to the many people that reported her."
Images by Geoffrey Redman: Large female; note the wound probably caused by a boat strike.
Geoff went to Scott's Point beach after 10:30am to do a DES report. "The first photo was yesterday, the second this morning and the rest after 10:30. It shows the rapid deterioration of the large 110cm deceased male green turtle. Council arrived to remove the lovely guy that had been struck by s propeller. That's 2 large greens in a week by propellers in the Peninsula.!"
Images by Julie Stanley and Geoffrey Redman. Male Turtle also hit by a propeller in Moreton Bay
REF volunteers receive training for 'Turtle Marine Strandings'
13th July 2019 Some volunteers from REF completed an online course and then attended a workshop at Manly. We now have 4 trained volunteers on call to assist staff from Queensland Parks and Wildlife Services. also thank you to QWALC for extending our insurance to cover our volunteers when they are assisting QPWS with turtle marine strandings. Subjects and practice covered at the workshop included:
Responding to a reported stranding
Assessing the environment
Identifying the species of turtle
Assessing condition of the turtle
Applying care and first aid
Providing data to QPWS for scientific and management purposes
Decision to release or transfer to a rehabilitation centre
Expert advice and training was provided by QPWS rangers and animal care experts from Australia Zoo and Sea World.
Thank you to:
Alicia Moisel, (QPWS Marine Park Strandings Coordinator)
Wayne Matthews (QPWS Moreton Bay Marine Park Ranger)
Natalie Sands (QPWS Moreton Bay Marine Park Ranger)
Siobhan Houlihan (Sea World)
Hannah Fox (Australia Zoo)
Marine Animal Strandings Volunteer Network: Click on the image below to download the newsletter
Department of Environment and Sciences: Marine Wildlife Strandings...Click here
.The Redcliffe Environmental Forum acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country in and around Moreton Bay and the Redcliffe Peninsula, and their continuing connection to land, sea and community. It pays respect to them and their cultures, and to Elders both past, present and emerging..