Regional Marine Turtle Action Plan Development In the Arafura and Timor Seas (August 2020 to April 2021)

The Arafura and Timor Seas (ATS) are part of the North Australian Shelf large marine ecosystem, a tropical marine area located between the Pacific and Indian Oceans. The region extends from the Timor Sea to the Torres Strait and includes the Arafura Sea and the Gulf of Carpentaria. Bordering the Coral Triangle, epicenter of the…

Independent advisor – Long Term Turtle Management Plan of marine turtles of the Gladstone region (June 2019 to present)

The Marine Research Foundation provides specialist advisory services in relation to the management of marine turtles of the Gladstone region, as part of the Long Term Turtle Management Plan, on behalf Eco Logical Australia and the LNG proponents Queensland Curtis LNG (QGC), Australia Pacific LNG (APLNG) and Santos GLNG (GLNG). This work ensures that the…

Assessments of extinction risk for marine turtle species in the Pacific (March 2020 to present)

The Marine Research Foundation is leading a sea turtle extinction risk study for sea turtles in the Pacific Ocean on behalf of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), an intergovernmental organisation charged with promoting cooperation among Pacific islands countries and territories to protect and improve their environment and ensure sustainable development.  …

Assessing the status, scope and trends of the legal and illegal international trade in marine turtles in Madagascar & Mozambique (April – November 2018)

This project on assessing the status, scope and trends of the legal and illegal international trade in marine turtles, its conservation impacts, management options and mitigation priorities contributes to the implementation of CITES Decisions 17.222 and 17.223 on Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) and other marine turtles (Cheloniidae and Dermochelyidae).  This project was undertaken in collaboration with…

Conservation of biodiversity, seagrass ecosystems and their services – safeguarding food security and resilience in vulnerable coastal communities in a changing climate (January 2019 to present)

Seagrass meadows of the Indo-Pacific, where up to one billion people are supported by inshore fisheries, are declining as a result of coastal development, deforestation, unsustainable resource use, and environmental degradation. Globally seagrasses occupy around 600,000km2 and account for 12% of total carbon stored in ocean sediments. However, seagrass losses result in a reduced capacity…

Environmental Monitoring – Kebabangan Petroleum Operating Company (October 2019 to present)

The Kebabangan Field development involves installation of facilities to process gas and crude. Undersea pipelines transport gas / condensate from the Kebabangan platform to the Sabah Oil & Gas Terminal (SOGT) for subsequent processing. The effectiveness of the environmental management plan during the development and operational phases are assessed through and environmental monitoring, that provides…