The Raine Island Recovery Project display will feature in Street Science presented by BHP Billiton, a free event presenting hands-on, science-themed exhibits in around 70 open-style marquees.
The chance to highlight this unique science partnership was an opportunity not to be missed for the Foundation.
Remote Raine Island – 620km north west of Cairns – is the site of the world’s largest green turtle rookery and focus of one of the greatest animal migrations on earth. It’s globally recognised for its environmental significance.
The five-year, $7.95M Raine Island Recovery project is a collaboration between the Queensland Government, BHP Billiton, Traditional Owners and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation. The project aims to protect and restore the island’s critical habitat to ensure the future of key marine species, including green turtles and seabirds.
With the support of the Raine Island Recovery Project collaborators, visitors will get a turtle’s eye view of Raine Island’s vibrant and diverse reef ecosystem, critical to the survival of the endangered green turtle. The island is also home to more than 80 seabird species, apex predators and a host of colourful marine life.
The display will give an insight into some of the innovative research technologies that Queensland scientists are using, such as remote sensing, satellite tagging and drone technology.
Visit Reef Turtles HQ at Street Science, 10am-4pm, Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 March in the Cultural Forecourt at South Bank, Brisbane.
Visit the Queensland Government website for more information about the Raine Island Recovery project and the World Science Festival Brisbane Street Science website to see what’s on offer.