Seven species of sea turtle are found throughout the world. Six live and nest in Queensland, Australia.
All species of sea turtle are considered to be endangered or vulnerable.

Reef Catchments offers support and assists to promote the Mackay & District Turtle Watch Association. The Association consists of volunteers, who monitor beaches and care for our Mackay turtle visitors covering an area from Repulse Bay in the north of the region, to Stanage Bay in the south. MDTWA operate under the guidelines of the Queensland Sea Turtle Project.

Members collect data on nesting sea turtles, hatchlings and stranded marine animals. The group also educates the public, through public awareness activities, at schools, community groups and on the beaches. The group will take action to protect nests, sometimes through translocation to provide the best opportunity for survival.

Monitoring Organisation Reef Catchments

Name Katrina Dent

Phone 4968 4207


Position in organisation General Manager

Activity Type educational initiatives (e.g. schools programs, community initiatives)

Activity Indicators seagrass health in inshore marine zones

Activity location O'Connell catchment, Pioneer catchment, Plane catchment

Frequency of monitoring

Monitoring Start Date 01/07/2015


Location of monitoring data

Date quality / confidence

Website URL

Collaborators Mackay & District Turtle Watch Association

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