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Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas)



Species Action Statement

This species has been assigned to the Partnership species management stream under the Saving our Species program.

Justification for allocation to this management stream

Less than 10% of the species' total population occurs within NSW.

Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Vulnerable

Management objectives

This action statement aims to secure critical populations of this species in NSW in the long-term.

Species sightings and management sites across NSW

OEH is currently developing a targeted approach for managing Partnership species species. In the interim, the following management actions have been identified for this species.
  • Monitor mortality of marine turtles due to entanglement in, or ingestion of, marine debris. This should include determining the source of the debris.
  • Reduce the mortality of marine turtles due to marine debris, including a community awareness component that targets debris of land-based origin as well as vessel-based.
  • Develop and trial shark control methods that reduce marine turtle mortality.
  • Identify areas of high boat strike of marine turtles and consider appropriate boat speed zoning.
  • Consent and approval authorities will consider impacts of developments and activities on marine turtles, including marine-based developments (e.g. aquaculture) and land-based developments near the coast or with marine-based offsite impacts.
  • Assist with any Australia-wide development of marine turtle monitoring protocols. Developed a centralised NSW database to contain all NSW marine turtle monitoring data.
  • Monitor key NSW nesting beaches.
  • Consult with Aboriginal groups to determine the cultural significance of marine turtles, and take this information into account when undertaking marine turtle conservation activities.
  • Support any state or Australia-wide studies into marine turtle population viability.
  • Support any research into marine turtle genetics.
  • Protect known nesting beaches from vehicular traffic and predators such as foxes and pigs.
  • Reduce the adverse effects of artificial lighting near nesting beaches through liaison with relevant local and state government agencies.
  • Consider if a nomination of land-based or marine-based critical habitat is warranted for the species or for marine turtles as a whole.
  • Promote soft start procedures for seismic surveys in NSW state waters.
  • Liaise with the Australian and other state governments over the implementation of the national marine turtle recovery plan.
  • Support research into the causes, frequency and management of disease in marine turtles.
  • Assist in community rehabilitation of injured individuals.

Are you or is someone you know doing conservation work for this species or in this area?

Contact us to tell us about the work. Your input will help OEH evaluate the status of threatened species and provide a broader picture of conservation work across NSW.