AusTurtle Inc. was established in June 2004 to promote sea turtle conservation and research in northern Australia. AusTurtle Inc. is a non-profit organisation and is run by concerned scientists, students and members of the public. AusTurtle Inc. is registered in the Northern Territory and has adopted the model constitution under the Northern Territory Associations Act 2004.
Sea turtle conservation in Australia
All species of sea turtles in Australian waters are listed as either endangered or vulnerable to extinction under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act 1999. It is important to acknowledge a species in a particular geographic location may have a different conservation status to that of the broad classification listed by the EPBC Act 1999. Flatback sea turtles in northern Australia are generally listed as data deficient. Reviews are in progress to update the status of Flatbacks.
Photo Credit: Peter Jackson
The aims of the organisation are:
To support sea turtle research and conservation
To support the objectives of the National Sea Turtle Recovery Plan through research, threat abatement and education
To support the preservation of sea turtle habitat and their associated biota
To engage in sea turtle education
To engage in fundraising to support the above aims
To support the continuation of a long-term research project at Bare Sand Island, Northern Territory
To collaborate and form partnerships with other organisations and institutions to apply for funds to support the above aims
To participate in discussions regarding sea turtle management, conservation and research at all levels including local, regional, national and international.
To achieve these aims, AusTurtle Inc. will collaborate and form partnerships with other organisations and institutions, apply for funding from large organisations and government grants, and raise funds through the sale of merchandise.
Major avenues that AusTurtle Inc. seeks to promote conservation of sea turtles are through:
1. Supporting research at Bare Sand Island
2. Education and public awareness
3. Providing support for student projects throughout northern Australia