Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

A Rise in Turtle Nesting Is Welcomed by Agnes

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

A Rise in Turtle Nesting Is Welcomed by Agnes

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HAVING nested on our coastlines for thousands of years, then disrupted by pollution, turtles are slowing making a nesting comeback.

Gladstone Region Council councillor Desley O'Grady, during a council meeting earlier this week, said it was turtle-nesting season in Agnes Water and that there were more turtles each year.

"There are more than what we hoped this year nesting on Agnes Water beach," Cr O'Grady said.

A Department of Environment and Heritage Protection spokesperson said the increase in turtles was a result of the preceding drought year.

"Fluctuations in the numbers of green turtles nesting is dependent on whether Queensland experienced a flood year or a drought year in the 18 months prior to the current nesting season," they said.

"Most of the increase in nesting this season is occurring with green turtles, which is the species that fluctuates the most from year to year."

The department said there had been about 100 to 200 turtles nesting along the beaches from Baffle Creek to Bustard Head. …

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