Department of Parks adn Wildlife
flatback turtle 
Flatback turtle - Photo © Parks and Wildlife

The West Pilbara Turtle Program (WPTP) brings together industry, government and the community to monitor marine turtle nesting and raise awareness of the importance of local beaches for turtle conservation.

The program is a partnership between the Department of Parks and Wildlife and Rio Tinto.


The program aims to:

The data collected by the program will improve knowledge on local turtle nesting beaches and assist the Department of Parks and Wildlife and Rio Tinto to carry out informed decisions on management actions aimed at reducing negative impacts on breeding turtles in the area.

Why is the program so important?

Who is involved and what do they do?

When does the program run?

In the Pilbara region, turtles generally nest during summer and the program runs beach monitoring activities each morning between 1 November and 31 March.

Where does the monitoring occur?

Bells Beach located near Cape Lambert Port Operations is the main beach monitored by volunteers.

How much time is involved?

Can't do track monitoring but still want to be involved?

There are many other ways you can contribute to the program:

How do I register?

Contact the West Pilbara Turtle Program Coordinator on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (08) 9182 2031.

Rio Tinto

Rio Tinto is proud to be the founding partner of the program, which has been running since the 2005/06 turtle nesting season.
The partnership has been renewed to June 2019, with Rio Tinto contributing significant funding towards the delivery of the program.