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Ayakwa : a publication of the Anindilyakwa Land Council



Ayakwa : a publication of the Anindilyakwa Land Council

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Anindilyakwa Land Council newsletter


Anindilyakwa Land Council


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Date:2011-06; May/June 2011 Edition; Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).; This publication contains may contain links to external sites. These external sites may no longer be active.




Groote Eylandt (N.T.); Anindilyakwa Land Council; Aboriginal Australians; Land tenure; Periodicals

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Issue 3, May/June 2011 Edition

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CMYK SPOT A | 21 Ayakwa | May/June 2011 Edition 3 LAND & SEA Xavier Hoenner has been tracking the turtles with the help of Anindilyakwa rangers for three years. They have found that the turtles arent migrating far from the Groote area. We wanted to find out whether they were going to Indonesia where they could be caught by fishermen, Xavier said. But they dont seem to go a long way away. This means it may be easier to manage the dwindling turtle population. If we can find out more about how they nest and how they migrate, we can help to preserve their habitats, Xavier said. It makes it easier if you dont have to deal with people internationally. Hawksbill turtles were once hunted worldwide for their colourful shells to make jewellery causing a dramatic decline in numbers. Xavier plans to return to the area in August for another week of tracking with local rangers. Ranger Gavin Enever said in the past two years they attached satellite transmitters to turtles and tagged about 80 per cent of the population. Now were getting recurrent resting data, Gavin said. The tracking was originally to better understand their ecology. Now we can pick up recurrent data. We can answer questions such as: Are they coming back to the same beaches? Are they coming back to the same islands. In a world-first, the team also recorded dive profiles of turtles. Without dive profiles, we wouldnt have been able to see what habitats they are moving in. Now if we see theyve gone south and have been at about eight to 10 feet deep, we know that they are sitting on the seagrass, Gavin said. Xavier will analyse the data from the last three years and publish results of the research, which is the first of hawksbills in the NT. The outcomes will be used to provide data to help conserve hawksbill turtle habitats in the NT and to educate children in local schools. Research to protect endangered turtle Search and Rescue aircrafts, helicopters and boats were used to help locate the man, who was rescued south-east of Groote Eylandt in April. Senior Sergeant Peter Schiller said the man was in good health and glad to be back on land. He did the right thing by letting someone know of his plans before heading out onto the water, Snr Sgt Schiller said. The marine environment in the NT can be very unpredictablewhich is why it is crucial to inform someone where you are headed and when you expect to return. Make sure you carry the correct safety gear, carry plenty of water and sufficient food, and have a good communications plan. When people do the right thing and run into trouble, they have a better chance of being safely recovered in a short period of time. Boaters are also encouraged to use the free packs they have been given by ALC rangers, which include an ephirb, flares and other items to make their time on the water safer. Dramatic rescue prompts boating safety warning Police are reminding boaters to be safe after a 64-year-old man spent two tumultuous days adrift at sea off Bickerton Island. UNDER OBSERVATION: A hawksbill youngster (left) and an adult being tracked by GPS (right). A PHD students study of the critically endangered hawksbill turtle is showing important findings.

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