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Communities grant & turtle release both a success!

Communities grant & turtle release both a success!

Posted: 14-May-2020

Climate change is warming our oceans and our beaches, and given the sex of a sea turtle is determined by the temperature of the nest during incubation, we are seeing more and more female turtles. This means that nests in cooler climates, such as NSW, produce mainly male offspring, and hence are of vital importance to the survival of the species.

In addition to this, we are seeing an increased number of sea turtles strand along our coastline in need of veterinary care. The cause of disease is often difficult to determine and animals can be in care for up to 12 months before they are healthy enough for release.

To address these issues, Dolphin Marine Rescue applied for, and was successful in achieving a Communities Environment Program grant. Federal Member for Cowper Pat Conaghan said: “Turtles and other marine animals are extremely important inhabitants of the Coffs Coast and Solitary Island Marine Park.

“The Morrison-McCormack Government’s Communities Environment Program has helped many grassroots, community organisations like the Dolphin Marine Conservation Park deliver important environmental projects. This project, delivered with assistance from $20,000 from the Federal Government, is great as it helps local wildlife and connects local residents to their beautiful coastal environment.”

The crux of the grant is building community capacity to save our sea turtles. Dolphin Marine Rescue will assist National Parks and Wildlife Service in gaining a better understanding about the nesting locations and frequencies in NSW and will conduct a series of educational workshops for the public on what to do if you find a nest or an injured sea turtle and how you can get involved in helping these animals out.

The project will not only collect data associated with nesting behavior, but will also investigate potential causes of disease in stranded animals.

Once the data has been collected, the marine-conservation focused youth group EcoGroms will deliver the results to school groups across the region. The goal of the program is to engage as much of the community as possible in protecting a local asset- sea turtles- for future generations to come.

Pictured here is Albert, rescued from Arrawarra on the 4th of January, released by Eco-Grom member Hadley March after four months in care. Albert is one of three turtles that Dolphin Marine Rescue have released this week a final attempt to get animals back into the ocean before cold-winter temperatures set in.

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My mum and I just spend the whole weekend at Pet Porpoise Pool, we travel from Tweed to Coffs just to see Buck and Zip, we love them and can't get enough. Already driven down 3 times this year, and every time it's amazing. And we loved seeing all 5 dolphins in the pool, Bella's a sneaky little thing! We got drenched by her plenty of times hahaha. Great to hear you enjoyed yourselves - Paige S..


Every time I come to Coffs Harbour I visit marine magic! My family and I can’t get enough of these beautiful animals. Can’t wait to bring my partner this year so he can experience why I love it so much. Thank you Georgia, we look forward to welcoming you back to the park!..

Karen Purchase

I went up there nearly 2 yrs now after I turned 50. I had received money for my birthday and decided I wanted to do the “trainer for the day” experience. Was the best thing I have ever done in my life, seeing the behind the scene as well getting up and close to all the animals, my favourite parts were taking Elle for her walk around park twice, involved in show, and of course my experiences wi..

Bianca W

Thank you for our tour of your park. We have attended 3 times within the last 11years and have found this way was an amazing way to get up close with the animals and learn more about them. Our guide had lots of information to share and was very good at engaging with the children in the group. Highly recommend. We attended on the 14/7/20 Thank you for taking the time to share your lat..


My son had a brilliant dolphin swim with Trainer Stacey yesterday morning. Stacey was fun, informative and professional and zippy the dolphin was the perfect student loved loved our morning with these beautiful animals Thank you for your lovely feedback Jo, we will let Stacy & Zippy know!..

Diane Binks

Had a great visit to DMCP on Tuesday 30/6/2020, we had an escorted tour of the park with a very informative guide showing us around the park. This visit was very different to our normal visits but my granddaughter and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit! Thank you to all the wonderful people at the DMCP, you are all amazing! Hi Diane, Thank you for your lovely feedback, this is new to all..

Sharon Page

I took my two youngest grandchildren there in July 2018, they both loved it and still talk about it to this day, so we are planning to return with my oldest grandchild as well. They don't like the drive from Sydney, but they do love it there so it makes it worth the trip. Great place, educational and fun. Thank you Sharon, we look forward to seeing you again..

Sharon Fisher

My husband, daughter and my two grandchildren are driving up from Forster on the 26/06/20 to spend the weekend in Coffs Harbour for a getaway weekend.. My daughter , a single mum has just passed her paramedic course and is now in placement in Tea-gardens. She has been so flat out working 12hr shifts. So the reason to get them away for some quality time . I would love to surprise my grandbabies..

Jason lowe

The park is amazing I want to take my daughter their on November for her birthday she would love it so much Thank you Jason..

Rachel Knight

Best birthday ever! I spent two days at Coffs Harbour on January 6 and January 7. I travelled down on the 5th and left on the 8th, my sole reason for traveling 7 hours by train each way being to spend my birthday at your park which is on January 6. I loved it so much and everyone was so friendly that I have already booked my next holiday for 2021 so I can see you all again. My first day I book..

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