Marine turtles’ life history traits mean that any high annual take of animals will result in a significant population decline.

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Latest News 2014

Thanks to their partnership with Cruise Whitsundays, Eco Barge was able to achieve another one of their dreams, undertaking a four-day expedition to remove marine debris from the southern Whitsunday Islands. From the 18th to the 21st of November 11 amazing volunteers removed 2,748 kilograms of marine debris from 10 beaches on Shaw, Thomas, Repulse and Maher Islands. A huge thanks to everyone, especially the cook who refilled our energy levels with delicious food and the team at Linderman Island that allowed us to rest our weary heads in comfort each night!


The Whitsunday Turtle Rescue Centre celebrated their sixth successful release for the year, with 'Bumps' being returned to the Whitsunday waters at Villa Botanica on the 7th of November. Bumps must have been found relatively soon after being to float and she responded exeptionally well to the care and food provided at the Centre. The float disappeared after only a month and she was then given the green light for release. Click here to see the media release.


Eco Barge reached a milestone this week, running its 150th clean up trip since the launch of the Whitsunday Marine Debris Removal Program in July 2009. This latest trip was thanks to its partnership with the Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing, which has provided support for the Whitsunday Marine Debris Removal Program and the Whitsunday Turtle Rescue Centre. It was therefore extremely fitting that the trip also included the release of 'Bunny', a juvenile green turtle rescued on the 4th of September. Click here to see the media release.


After a successful partnership in 2013, BMC has increased its support for Eco Barge through the BMC Oceancare partnership to ensure the continued success of the Whitsunday Marine Debris Removal Program, and to help strengthen the activities of the Whitsunday Turtle Rescue Centre to ensure all sick and injured turtles in the region receive the care that they need. The support that is provided through partnerships is invaluable to the operation of Eco Barge and its programs, with this latest partnership also including a specific focus of education in the community, particularly schools, on the issue of marine debris, as well as the plight that is current faced by marine turtles.


The beautiful green turtle 'Kay' was released back into the waters of the Whitsundays on the 16th February after being rescued in August last year by local Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service ranger Kay Kunze. The turtle was found floating off South Molle Island and delivered to the newly established Whitsunday Turtle Rescue Centre where it spent two weeks in care before being transported to Townsville's Reef HQ Aquarium Turtle Hospital for ongoing treatment. After six months at Reef HQ, Kay had made a full recovery and was delivered back to the Whitsunday where Eco Barge and a team of volunteers released her at South Molle Island during one of their marine debris removal trips. Click here to see the media release.


Cruise Whitsundays is now a partner of Eco Barge!! Cruise Whitsundays is our region's largest and most experienced marine tourism operator, advanced eco accredited and committed to ensuring the environment remains pristine for all to enjoy. The partnership is being undertaken to allow Eco Barge to continue benefiting the marine life and aquatic environment of the region while also providing the opportunity to engage Cruise Whitsundays employees and guests in the protection of the region’s natural environment. Click here to see the media release.

Marine debris removed from the
Whitsunday islands since July 2009
= 174,764 kilograms