The Hon. Greg Hunt MP
Minister for the Environment
The Hon. Steve Dickson MP
Queensland Minister for National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing
Further action to protect our turtles and dugongs
Joint media release
3 July 2014
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Dugongs and turtles along the Great Barrier Reef will have greater protection with the signing of two moratoria on dugong hunting, with another well under way.
The Woppaburra, Yirrganydji and Gunggandji people should be applauded for their efforts to advance moratoria for turtles and dugong hunting on country.
Federal Environment Minister, Greg Hunt, and Queensland Minister for National Parks, Steve Dickson, met with Yirrganydji people today in Cairns.
The two Ministers congratulated them on their recent accreditation by the Australian Government’s Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) and Queensland Government’s Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) on 29 April 2014 for their Traditional Use of Marine Resources Agreement (TUMRA).
“The Yirrganydji TUMRA is a solid partnership that will help to ensure turtle and dugong protection alongside valuable cultural conservation practices on the Great Barrier Reef,” said Minister Hunt.
The Woppaburra people have also signed a TUMRA declaring a continuing moratorium on the hunting of dugong that will cover Great Keppel and North Keppel islands off Rockhampton.
“This is the group’s third agreement and it will run for ten years - the longest sea country agreement of any Traditional Owner Group,” said Minister Dickson.
Minister Hunt and Dickson also met with senior Gunggandji Traditional Owners in Cairns today and restated their commitment to work closely with the Gunggandji people and community in Yarrabah on achieving a moratorium on dugong hunting around Green Island.
The Gunggandji people have already finalised a Memorandum of Intent to establish a “no take zone” for turtles and dugongs in the waters surrounding Green Island.
“In recognition, the Federal and Queensland Governments will provide an additional $100,000 to support land and sea country planning, including the eradication of feral pigs, upon announcement of a moratorium for Green Island,” said Minister Hunt.
“This is part of the $7 million joint investment by the Australian and Queensland Governments to help reduce the threat to marine turtle nests from feral pigs and protect Queensland’s iconic turtle populations both now and into the future,” said Minister Dickson.