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WA's largest marine park signed off

WA's largest marine park signed off | The Insight Files | Scoop.it

Western Australia's largest marine sanctuary, to be created in the state's  north, will be jointly managed by the state and traditional owners, the  government has confirmed.

At a ceremony at Camden Sound in the Kimberley on Thursday, WA Environment  Minister Albert Jacob signed the first joint management agreement for a marine  park with the Dambimangari Aboriginal Corporation.

 

The new Lalang-garram Camden Sound Marine Park will safeguard the primary  calving area of humpback whales that migrate annually along the WA coast between  the Antarctic and the Kimberley.

Other species to be protected include the newly-discovered snubfin dolphin,  marine turtles, dugongs, saltwater crocodiles and several species of  sawfish.

The park ultimately will cover more than 7000 square kilometres, or 700,000  hectares, once the park boundary is extended to the high water mark.

 

The agreement will also see the employment of existing indigenous rangers in  the area

 

Read more: http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/was-largest-marine-park-signed-off-20131107-2x3p9.html#ixzz2l3rBTrBd

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New Kimberley Marine Park to rival GBR - Australian Geographic

New Kimberley Marine Park to rival GBR - Australian Geographic | The Insight Files | Scoop.it

The roll-out of Australia's second-largest marine park has begun in the Kimberley, Western Australia.

 

Set to be the second largest marine park in Australia after the Great Barrier Reef, the Great Kimberley Marine Park will eventually encompass the majority of the Kimberley region’s waters, extending from Eighty Mile Beach south of Broome, to the top of the state, just past Kununurra.

 

The Kimberley is an internationally recognised hotspot for coral diversity, and home to six of the world’s seven marine turtle species. The region also provides a refuge for dugongs, whales, dolphins and sharks.


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