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Feb 23, 2021

Cannington’s ‘turtley’ awesome adventure

Cannington’s ‘turtley’ awesome adventure

Researchers are tracking a hawksbill turtle nicknamed ‘Cannington’ as miner South32 supports an initiative to help the endangered species.

South32 Cannington mine has teamed up with Reef HQ Volunteers Association, James Cook University researchers and the Queensland Government for the project.

A satellite tracking device was attached to the turtle in late January by researchers on Milman Island, a small sandy cay and important nesting area in the Great Barrier reef’s far north.

Tracking ‘Cannington’s’ movements will provide new data and information to help inform future conservation measures for the species.

South32 Cannington’s workforce helped pay for the satellite tracking device by collecting recyclable drinks containers as part of the Queensland Government’s ‘Containers for Change’ scheme.

“Marine debris is one of the threats facing hawksbill turtles, so I’m pleased our recycling efforts at Cannington are helping to fund this excellent conservation project,” South32 Cannington vice-president operations Joe Russell said.

  • To link to the ‘Cannington’ turtle tracker click HERE
South32 Cannington vice-president operations Joe Russell.
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