As well as being a senior research associate at RIEL I also run a consultancy, Big Gecko, which specialises in all things crocodile. We are very pleased to announce that we have been granted approval to begin an experimental harvest of wild saltwater crocodile eggs in the Cape York Peninsula, Queensland.
Pormpuraaw rangers collect data on the health of wild crocodile nests
Previous research we conducted suggests extensive annual flooding already kills the majority of eggs laid by salties in the area. By only collecting eggs with a high risk of flood-related mortality before heavy rains, they can be redirected into valuable community development and employment incentives for the local community.
Last year we conducted a Cert. II training course in Remote Crocodile Management for the Pormpuraaw Land & Sea Rangers and these rangers will play a key role assisting with the collection of scientific data, monitoring nesting activity and collecting data on population densities.
I’d like to think this is an important step towards positive community development in Aboriginal communities in the area, and provides additional opportunities for directly managing their land and natural resources. If this project is successful it will also have knock-on economic benefits for the crocodile industry as a whole in Queensland bringing greater involvement by Aboriginal stakeholders in that process.