Stinker’s Fishin’: A win for turtles

The National Parks and Wildlife Service are actively promoting a central agency for management of turtle records.

A COUPLE of weeks back I was astounded to read in the local press that ’41 dead turtles… with crushed shells’ had been reported since October 2023.

Having a great interest in turtle welfare I set out to clarify the situation.

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Great news for the turtle population of Port Stephens and for those who care for our 200-500 turtles.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) have taken a step forward and are actively promoting a central agency for record management.

Locals and visitors alike, who frequent our beautiful waterways, are encouraged to contact 1300 072 757 (1300PARKS) immediately to report sick, injured or dead turtles.

The more information you can give, the better – venue, time, photograph and name if appropriate.

Government partners Marine Parks, Maritime, Fisheries and Water Police are all involved to offer greater protection for this iconic animal.

Private agencies are asked to inform NPWS of any turtle issues brought to their attention.

NPWS has agreed to meet with a wider range of stakeholders in the future to further protect turtles.

By John ‘Stinker’ CLARKE

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