Traditional Owners, Board members and Indigenous volunteers have been involved with Gudjuda for over ten years in turtle tagging and monitoring. Gudjuda has tagged and released over 1,200 turtles.
Gudjuda Rangers helps scientists to collect information on the spread of the fibropapiloma virus in green sea marine turtles.
The fibropapiloma virus causes blindness, blocks internal organs and death among green sea marine turtles.
Turtle monitoring is between November-February each year and Gudjuda Rangers record the number of turtles laying their eggs on local beaches.
At the turtle rodeos the Gudjuda Rangers catch the turtles, collect data on each turtle, tag the turtles and then release turtles back to sea.
Gudjuda works in partnership with James Cook University and WWF, the Queensland Government’s Turtle Research program, and the Queens Beach Action Group to better understand marine turtles.
Gudjuda Rangers work within the community to protect and conserve coastal marine life.