Raine Island Recovery Project

Restoring the world's largest green turtle rookery.

Raine Island Recovery Project

#The project

Raine Island is a remote vegetated coral cay situated 620 km north west of Cairns, playing 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.

Featuring in Sir David Attenborough’s 2015 Great Barrier Reef documentary series, this marine sanctuary is not only the world's largest green turtle rookery, it’s also a crucial 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. But all this is under threat. 

Years of monitoring show the northern Great Barrier Reef’s green turtle population is in decline. Without action, the entire population is under threat. 

The Foundation played a leading role to initiate the Raine Island Recovery project, bringing together Reef Traditional Owners and Queensland Parks and Wildlife to action world first sand reprofiling. 

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

#Project partners

Queensland Government
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
Traditional Owners Raine Island
We Do IT

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 is 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.

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