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Cable Beach community turtle monitoring with the Yawuru Rangers

Flatback hatchling making its first trip to the ocean
Flatback hatchling making its first trip to the ocean DPaW

It is the nesting season for flatback turtles and local residents are encouraged to participate in the Cable Beach community turtle monitoring program, coordinated by the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) and the Yawuru joint management team.

Monitoring begins in early November and runs throughout the turtle nesting period, which coincides with the Yawuru seasons ‘laja’ and ‘man-gala’’, said Yawuru program leader Sharon Ferguson.

“As part of the monitoring, staff and volunteers conduct early morning walks along sections of Cable Beach and identify, record and report on nesting activity,” Ms Ferguson said.

“Flatback turtles (Natator depressus) are the main species to use Cable Beach as a nesting site and many people may be unaware that we are lucky enough to have turtles nesting on one of WA’s most iconic beaches.

“Flatback turtles are listed as vulnerable and this monitoring program is a great opportunity to gain valuable information on the species, as well as provide an opportunity for the Broome community to get involved.”

DPaW and Yawuru have inherited management of the Cable Beach community turtle monitoring program from Conservation Volunteers Australia.

Former project manager Glenn McFarlane thanked local volunteers for their support of the program since its inception in 2006.

“I urge the community to continue monitoring the turtles on Cable Beach through DPaW and the Yawuru joint management team,” he said.

Ms Ferguson reminded beach users to follow the DPaW turtle code of conduct - no glow, move slow and stay low.

“Please refrain from using torches or flash photography and move slowly because turtles are sensitive to light, movement and disturbance, keep out of sight of nesting turtles and try to stay near the tide line when walking on the beach at night,” she said.

DPaW and the Yawuru joint management team will run training sessions for those participating in the monitoring or those interested in becoming involved. Contact DPaW Broome on 9195 5500 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.for more information.


Media contact: DPaW Media 9219 9999




Last modified on Friday, 18 October 2013 11:02