Cape York and the Flatback Turtle
Cape York, located at the northernmost point of Australia and surrounded by Torres Strait waters, is an important área for sea turtle conservation. Crab Island, at the western part of Cape York, is one of the few places in the world where the flatback turtle (Natator depressus) nests.
Flatback turtles are endemic to Australia. Their nesting grounds are limited to this continent and, appart from here, they can only be found at the southern region of Indonesia and around Papua New Guinea. Due to their cultural inheritance, Cape York’s aboriginal communities have the exploitation rights of this species among other marine animals.
Due to the importance that this área has for flatback turtles, the involvement of Cape York’s local communities on the conservation is paramount. For this purpose, Torres Strait regional authorities together with James Cook University researchers carry out outreach campaigns in order to educate and raise awareness on the conservation of this species.