Prioritization of Marine Turtle Management Projects: A Protocol that Accounts for Threats to Different Life History Stages

Project prioritization protocols are an important tool for allocating conservation resources efficiently, and have been applied to a range of species and ecosystems. Current approaches are inadequate when applied to species with distinct threats impacting different and/or multiple life history stages, such as sea turtles. We develop a model that integrates the benefit of any management project on a population by way of its expected population growth rate, including projects targeting different and/or multiple life history stages.

14 September 2018

The Sea Turtle Rookery at Gnaraloo Bay, Western Australia: Using Nocturnal Observations to Validate Diurnal Track Interpretations.

Critical gaps remain in our understanding of many sea turtle nesting aggregations in remote or undeveloped regions. Here, we summarize the first 8 yrs of systematic monitoring of the rookery at Gnaraloo Bay, Western Australia. Diurnal track surveys on this approximately 7-km mainland beach were conducted daily during nesting seasons 2008/09 to 2015/16.

14 September 2018

Twenty Years of Turtle Tracks: Marine Turtle Nesting Activity at Remote Locations in the Pilbara, Western Australia

Little is known about the biology and ecology of marine turtles in the Pilbara region of Western Australia and most potential habitat is unconfirmed and, therefore, undescribed. Understanding basic biological parameters at a regional level is critically important for effective long-term management.

14 September 2018

Reconstructed Paternal Genotypes Reveal Variable Rates of Multiple Paternity at Three Rookeries of Loggerhead Sea Turtles (Caretta caretta) in Western Australia.

Female sea turtles are promiscuous, with clutches of eggs often sired by multiple males and rates of multiple paternity varying greatly within and across species. We investigated levels of multiple paternity in loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) from three rookeries in Western Australia by analysing polymorphic species-specific genetic markers.

15 July 2019

High-Density Loggerhead Sea Turtle Nesting on Dirk Hartog Island, Western Australia

The Western Australian population of loggerhead turtles, Caretta caretta, is recognized as a single genetic stock (Dutton et al. 2002; FitzSimmons et al. 1996; Limpus 2008). Nesting spans approximately 520 km from Steep Point (southwest of Denham) to the Muiron Islands (northeast of Exmouth) (Baldwin et al. 2003). Dirk Hartog Island is close to the southern end of this range.

15 July 2019

This sea turtle population is almost all female, thanks to climate change

In the northern Great Barrier Reef, juvenile green sea turtles are 99 per cent female.

11 January 2018

Erderwärmung führt zu mehr weiblichen Meeresschildkröten

Bei Meeresschildkröten entwickelt sich das Geschlecht während der Brutphase abhängig von der Umgebungstemperatur.

09 January 2018

Green turtles in north Queensland are mainly all female and scientists are concerned for the species' future

Almost the entire green turtle population in parts of the northern Great Barrier Reef is now female, and scientists are concerned about their future.

09 January 2018

Great Barrier Reef: rising temperatures turning green sea turtles female

‘Complete feminisation’ of northern population is possible in near future, researchers find

08 January 2018

Study: Conservation Priorities for Shark and Ray Species included and proposed for inclusion in Annex 1 to the CMS Sharks MOU

The Sharks MOU has defined general objectives for the conservation and management of species and populations listed in Annex 1 of the MOU, which are further detailed in a global Conservation Plan for migratory Sharks (Annex 3 to the MOU).
18 Octubre 2015