Issue 4
Monday, 03 June 2019
Charles Darwin University
AusTurtle President, Mick Guinea with Jake and Satine Petersen on World Turtle Day
AusTurtle President, Mick Guinea with Jake and Satine Petersen on World Turtle Day

World Turtle Day spreads the message

CDU and several environmental organisations used World Turtle Day to highlight threats to the sea turtles of the Top End.

The CDU Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Centre on Casuarina campus was alive with presentations and displays designed to help build awareness of the need to protect turtles and their ecosystems.

AusTurtle President, Mick Guinea gave presentations on the issues affecting the survival of sea turtles and explained how sustainable management of sea turtle nesting colonies across the Territory was important in maintaining sea turtle populations.

A marine ecosystem expert from the NT Department of Natural Resources and Environment, Kelly Mackarous explained how abandoned fishing nets, known as ghost nets, posed a real threat to turtles and the steps taken to eradicate them from the environment.

A display of common plastics that are harmful to turtles and other marine species illustrated the point that even simple items, such as balloons, make their way into oceans and potentially harm wildlife.

Anastasia Mortimer from the Australian Marine Conservation Society spoke about the wider issues impacting the marine environment such as sea mining or mineral extraction from the ocean floor.

Senior Technical Officer in CDU’s VET School of Maritime and Seafood Training, Kathy Kellam said more than 120 people passed through the Centre on the Thursday.

“We had staff, school students and Darwin residents come and see the three Hawksbill and one Green Turtle in our rehab centre,” Ms Kellam said.

“A special thanks to Mick Guinea for his presentations and to the visitors who bought turtle merchandise, the proceeds of which will go towards the costs of feeding recovering sea turtles. Good one Mick!”