WWF-Australia yesterday welcomed the $7million joint investment by the Federal and Queensland Governments to tackle feral pigs which are destroying marine turtle nests.
“We applaud this initiative and look forward to working with the Federal and Queensland Governments to combat the impact of feral pigs on turtle nesting sites,” Darren Grover, WWF-Australia National Manager – Species, said.
“On some beaches feral pigs eat nearly every egg and very few if any hatchlings make it to the water.
“If that level of predation continues it will be very difficult for endangered turtles to recover given the other pressures they are under.
“Programs such as this, to control feral pests, are crucial to their long-term survival,” he said.