The Cairns Convention Center has supported the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Center (CRTC) by sponsoring injured turtles. CTRC is a non-profit organization.
The Great Barrier Reef is home to six of the world’s seven species of sea turtles. A number of them are seriously threatened by a diverse range of natural and, more importantly, human-induced factors. CTRC’s rehabilitation facilities are located in Cairns, where there are many sick and injured turtles they care for.
After a long period of rehabilitation, they are released back into the ocean with a satellite tracker attached to monitor their health profile and movements for important research. The center includes an intensive care unit, a turtle rehabilitation center and an educational exhibit for visitors to the experience center.
The Cairns Convention Center has partnered with the CTRC to sponsor the rehabilitation of an injured turtle. Sharon (the turtle) was found at Mission Beach and had been floating around for so long that she had sunburn all over her shell.
Cairns Convention Center chief executive Janet Hamilton said the decision to partner with the CTRC was an easy one.
“The Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Center is doing amazing work in the area caring for injured and sick turtles and not only did we want to promote their work, we wanted to get involved ourselves.”
“Sharon’s sponsorship is a great opportunity to help our local marine life and introduce event legacy opportunities for clients hosting events in Cairns. Events have the opportunity to create a lasting impact on our local environment and marine life when they come to our area, and we wanted to show them firsthand an organization they can get involved with,” added Hamilton.
Jennie Gilbert, of James Cook University and co-founder of the CTRC, has helped treat hundreds of sick and injured reptiles over the past 20 years, releasing them onto the Great Barrier Reef.
Turtles come into the care of the CTRC for many reasons ranging from floater syndrome and starvation to collisions with boats and bites from sharks or crocodiles. Rehabilitation can take anywhere from six months to three years and when they are ready they are released back to sea in the same place they were found.
“We are delighted that the Cairns Convention Center has joined us in helping to rehabilitate a turtle,” said Gilbert.
To find out more about the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre, visit their website http://www.cairnsturtlerehab.org.au/
Video: Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Center and Cairns Convention Centre:
Cairns Convention Center Jennie Gilbert – CTRC.mp4