In Progress

Priority Areas

  • Endangered Species
  • Management


First field trip of 2019/2020 nesting season

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Turtles arriving at Raine Island to nest

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Some of the 30,000 turtles off the coast of Raine Island

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Rescuing a turtle that had flipped over

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The project team on Raine Island

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The project team measured and tagged 1,100 turtles

​Raine Island – a bird's eye view

Remote Raine Island, 620 km north west of Cairns, is host to one of the greatest animal migrations on Earth. As many as 60,000 female green turtles migrate thousands of kilometres to lay their eggs here in a peak breeding season.

Featuring in Sir David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef documentary series, this marine sanctuary is not only the world's largest green turtle rookery, it’s also the most important seabird rookery in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage area and home to apex predators, pristine coral reefs and diverse populations of fish and other precious marine life. 

Nesting season at Raine Island

But all this is in danger. Years of monitoring show that the northern Great Barrier Reef green turtle population is in decline and, without action, is headed for collapse.

The Foundation played a leading role to initiate the Raine Island Recovery project. This five year, $7.95M collaboration between BHP, the Queensland Government, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, the Wuthathi Nation and Meriam Nation (Ugar, Mer, Erub) Traditional Owners with the Foundation are protecting and restoring the island’s critical habitat to ensure the future of key marine species including green turtles (nam - the common language word for turtle), seabirds and other marine species.

Visit the Raine Island Recovery Project website to learn more about the project.



Raine Island is culturally significant to Traditional Owners, the Wuthathi Nation and the Meriam Nation (Ugar, Mer, Erub). 

Project Supporter

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Spatial information technology consultants, we-do-IT, are transforming the way the Raine Island research team collects vital project information.

The company is generously providing five iPads housed in indestructible casings so scientists will be able to work much more efficiently, no longer doing everything by hand, when the iPads are deployed for the first time in the 2016 nesting season.

The company is also donating its time and expertise to upgrade the project’s whole paper based monitoring system to an electronic format. we-do-IT will also securely host all the data gathered to help protect Raine Island’s precious green turtles and other marine species.