Turtles In Trouble Rescue Inc.


A dedicated group of volunteers committed to rescue & conservation of sea turtles.

Report a Turtle In Trouble

Sea turtle strandings are encouraged to be reported to the Queensland Government​ Department of Environment, Science & Innovation (DESI), marine animal strandings hotline number on 1300 130 372.

We can also be contacted directly for sea turtle strandings within the Fraser Coast and Sandy Straits regions.

We liaise and work in partnership with DESI with regards to strandings.


If you find a stranded, injured, unwell or deceased sea turtle, call one or both of the numbers above ASAP. Do not attempt to return the animal to water. If safe to do so, please record a GPS of the location and take a few photographs. Additional advice can be provided over the phone.

About Us

Turtles In Trouble Rescue Inc.

(TITR) is a not-for-profit Incorporated Association registered with the Office of Fair Trading (Qld) and also a registered charity with the Australian Charities and not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).

We are a group of volunteer marine & citizen scientists and turtle stranding volunteers committed to the rescue, rehabilitation, release and conservation of sea turtles and their marine environment.

We service the Fraser Coast and Great Sandy Straits regions spanning from Burrum Heads in the North to Tinnanbar in the South.

TITR Logo designed in collaboration with Butchulla woman & freelance artist Cheyenne Rashleigh

Mission Statement
To promote the conservation of marine wildlife and the environment with a focus on marine turtle rescues and assisting with rehabilitation and

Our Impact







Facial recognition technology

Implemented facial recognition technology to identify, document & track the health & movement of individual turtles over time.

Community Outreach and Education

TITR presented Turtle Talks and displays at more than 20 schools, clubs, fetes and universities in 2023

Uncovered large increase in sick turtles

Our monitoring efforts uncovered a large increase in the number of sick and deceased turtles which led to a wide-ranging investigation into turtle health.

Community Outreach & Education

TITR presented Turtle Talks and displays at more than 20 schools, clubs, fetes and universities in 2023
  • Media (interviews/radio/tv/social platforms)
  • Public turtle releases
  • Training workshops
  • School presentations
  • Community presentations
  • Public event displays
  • Beach clean ups

Corporate Partners/Sponsors


Dpt. Environment, Science & Innovation (D.E.S.I) / QPWS

Our organisation is 100% volunteer operated and continues to operate on the generosity of our volunteers and supporters.

Port City Autos have been a major supporter by providing a turtle transport van, including custom decals, for our use 24/7.

Swift Storage Hervey Bay also generously donated the use of a storage shed for our equipment. When our storage needs required expansion, Swift Storage Hervey Bay continued their support by offering a discounted rate.

Many other individuals, businesses and other community not-for-profit organisations have both past and present greatly assisted either through donations or discounts (including but not limited to Rotary Club of Hervey Bay City and Older Men Unlimited).

We thank & acknowledge two of our very first corporate supporters, Australia Post and Beachwheels Australia.

Much gratitude also to Website Design Hervey Bay for generously donating time, expertise and creativity for our wonderful website.

Our continued efforts for sea turtle rescue, rehabilitation and conservation are possible through collaboration and partnerships with Qld Govt. Dpt. Environment, Science & Innovation (DESI/QPWS), QPWS Marine Park Rangers, Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital (AZWH), Sea World Foundation, Sea Life Sunshine Coast Aquarium, University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) and Butchulla (BNTAC).

Future Plans

  • USC Turtle Rehab & Research Centre in Hervey Bay
  • Continue collaborations and contribution to research
  • Ongoing and new volunteer mentoring/training
  • Continue educational outreach
  • Add/improve equipment & resources

The Turtles need your support!

Your generosity and timely contributions are crucial in aiding our sea turtle friends. Each donation acts as a lifeline, enabling us to rescue, rehabilitate, and release these majestic creatures back into their ocean home.

Your donations can assist with

  • Rescue Operations

  • Medical Treatment

  • Rehabilitation Facilities

  • Conservation Education

  • Research Initiatives

  • Release and Monitoring

Join Our Mission

We welcome new volunteer members. Simply email us with your name, residential address, date of birth, phone number and email address and we will provide you with more detailed information.

The passion, the dedication, the sacrifices, the tears, it is all worthwhile when our efforts result in releasing these amazing endangered species back to their home waters.

Donate for the Turtles

Your donation to Turtles In Trouble Rescue Inc. is a vital contribution towards the rescue, rehabilitation, release and research of endangered sea turtles.


Turtles in Trouble Rescue Inc.

With your help we can make a change.

Containers for Change (Qld) ID: C10610782

How you can help

Avoiding or reducing lighting

Avoiding or reducing lighting along the coastline during nesting/hatching season.

Keeping the beach clean

Keeping the beach clean, dispose of litter. By keeping our beaches clean, you help provide a safer environment for the turtles.

Keep your distance

If you see a turtle making its way up or down the beach, keep your distance & keep to the side or rear of the turtle.

Avoid driving on beach dunes

This can not only impact nests but also hatchlings when they emerge from the nests with vehicle tracks hindering a safe journey to the ocean.

Keep dogs away and on leash

Keep your dogs on a leash and at a safe distance. Dogs can inadvertently cause stress or harm to turtles, especially during nesting season.

Report any sightings of tracks or nests

By reporting the tracks and any potential nest, they can be checked & monitored by trained volunteers.

Contact Us


Turtles in Trouble Rescue Inc. Management Committee

Angela Bell, Lisa McCudden, Ali Hammond, Holly West