IN TOUCH WITH NATURE: Keyaan and his sister Leila give Delly a scratch with turtle carer Bob McCosker. Delly, the 140kg turtle, was released from Quoin Island Turtle Rehabilitation Centre via the Curtis Ferry Services on to Pelican Banks after being deemed healthy.
IN TOUCH WITH NATURE: Keyaan and his sister Leila give Delly a scratch with turtle carer Bob McCosker. Delly, the 140kg turtle, was released from Quoin Island Turtle Rehabilitation Centre via the Curtis Ferry Services on to Pelican Banks after being deemed healthy. Jake Jones

Quoin Island open day celebrates science

THE Duggan family is grabbing the opportunity to tour the Quoin Island turtle rehabilitation facility with hands and fins.

Michael Duggan is recruiting his wife and two young children to see first hand the difference the centre makes to marine life, during a community science event on Saturday.

"My kids have only seen turtles in aquariums," Mr Duggan said.

"They are so excited about seeing the turtles in care up close.

"It's important to instil the value of sustainability in my children."

The event is a partnership with ReefCheck, in a bid to promote organisations.

Jodi Salmond from Reef Check Australia said the Gladstone community had been a fantastic source of support, with the event likely to book out.

"We are working with a variety of local businesses, councils and conservation groups and individuals that have all offered their support," she said.

"Through collaborative opportunities with amazing local groups, events like the Quoin Island citizen science event and the Canoe Point clean up have come to fruition. It's a really exciting time to be working in the area."

Ms Salmond, usually stationed on Heron Island, said the program built on people's love of the ocean with education and the information required to safeguard these marine ecosystems well into the future.

Integral to this principle is not only cleaning marine debris, but analysing the litter to monitor where it is coming from and who is responsible.

Most commonly, it is the complacency of humans.

The doors will open on the Quoin Island facility to the public on Saturday for up to 80 guests.

Bookings are essential. Phone 4970 0123.



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