Gorgon Flatback Tagging Program - Applications for 2018/19 are now closed.
On behalf of our client, Chevron Australia, we conduct an annual tagging program between November and January to assess and monitor the status of a nesting population of flatback turtles on the east coast of Barrow Island. Equivalent studies of another population of flatback turtles are also undertaken at a reference beach located on the mainland at Mundabullangana Station, south of Port Hedland. We started running the program in 2005/06 to collect baseline data prior to the construction of the Gorgon Gas Development on Barrow Island in 2010.
Volunteer taggers are crucial to the success of this program. To date, over 800 people have joined us on the beaches to gather information which is critical for effective monitoring of these turtle populations. The Gorgon Flatback Turtle Tagging Program presents a unique opportunity to interact with marine turtles and collect important scientific data without bearing the costs associated with other volunteer environmental programs. It's also a lot of fun!