What are we doing?
We raise community awareness of Bribie Island's threatened marine turtles and advocate for best-practice management of the island's nesting beaches and the surrounding Marine Park, to improve their protection.
Why are we doing it?
Bribie is considered a Significant Nest Site for the Critically Endangered Loggerhead Turtle, and the surrounding waters of the Moreton Bay Marine Park are important habitat for Vulnerable Green turtles.
THE TURTLE NESTINGS SEASON extends from the time the first female arrives to lay (maybe as ealy as September/October) through the summer incubation period, until the last hatchlings emerge and depart the beach in late March/early April.
Direct threats to nesting success on Bribie include:
Human-preventable disturbances of nesting females
Nest disturbance and inundation
Obstacles for hatchlings between nest and ocean
Climate change effecting nesting habits
THROUGHOUT THE YEAR marine turtles call the waters around Bribie their home.
Direct threats to marine turtle in Bribie's surrounding waters include:
Entanglement (including crab pots/fishing line)
Poor water quality effecting their health and the health of their habitat.
Climate Change altering their food sources and habitats
Who is involved?
Maja Lisa Pinci
BIEPA commends the work of the following volunteer turtle groups and programs:
Bribie Island Turtle Trackers (Govt accredited volunteer turtle nest monitors and strandings responders who work around the coast and waters of the southern Pumicestone Passage and monitor nesting on Bribie's southern coast as far north as Welsby Lagoon)
Sunshine Coast Turtle Care (Sunshine Coast Council's comprehensive volunteer Citizen Science Project monitors beaches north of Welsby Lagoon)
How are we doing it?
We build community events and social awareness of Bribie Island's marine turtles and the threats imposed on them by humans.
In the absence of a plan from State or Local Government, we are urgently developing a comprehensive stategy for marine turtle education and protection on, and around Bribie Island, and will call for discussion on its recommendations and adoption.
How can you help?
Report turtle nesting and hatchling activity: Contact Bribie Island Turtle Trackers immediately.
Report Turtle Strandings: Report sick/injured/stranded turtles (alive or deceased) by contacting BITTs Marine Strandings Volunteers immediately. Bribie Island is fortunate to have on call three accredited Marine Strandings Responders who officially attends stranding events (whales, dolphins, dugongs and turtles) on behalf of QPWS and Council.
Help get action on speed limit reductions in southern Pumicestone Passage by reporting inappropriate actions on the water. See how to report here.
Chat about the threats turtles face within your extended social circles, to help make the broader community aware of the problem, and the need for a comprehensive Turtle Protection strategy for Bribie.
Advocate for wildlife-friendly recreation and sustainable nature-based tourism on and around Bribie Island.
Contribute your spare time and skills to BIEPA Projects.
Learn about the work of the Bribie Island Turtle Trackers (BITTs)