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ⓘ Exmouth Gulf is a gulf in the north-west of Western Australia. It lies between North West Cape and the main coastline of Western Australia. It is considered to ..



Exmouth Gulf
                                     

ⓘ Exmouth Gulf

Exmouth Gulf is a gulf in the north-west of Western Australia. It lies between North West Cape and the main coastline of Western Australia. It is considered to be part of the region of the North West Shelf and in the Canning Basin area.

                                     

1. Environment

Exmouth Gulf is a rich marine environment. It is a nursery for humpback whales, dugong and turtles. The mangrove systems on the eastern margins are areas of high primary productivity feeding and restocking both the Gulf and the nearby Ningaloo Reef.

A proposal for a system of solar salt evaporation ponds stretching more than 30 kilometres 19 mi along the gulfs south-western coast has given rise to heated debate on possible environmental impacts on the area.

The Gulf and off-shore waters beyond the Ningaloo fringing reef are home to some of Australias more significant sport fish including marlin, Spanish mackerel, and several sub-species of tuna.

The Gulf sustains one of Western Australias largest prawn fisheries, managed by the Kailis Fishing Group, which operates under license from the Western Australian Government.

                                     

1.1. Environment Birds

The mangroves along the eastern side of the gulf stretch for nearly 50 kilometres 31 mi. They have been identified by BirdLife International as a 420 square kilometres 160 sq mi Important Bird Area IBA because they support over 1% of the world populations of pied oystercatchers and grey-tailed tattlers, as well as being an important site for the restricted-range dusky gerygone. Another IBA is 11 hectares 27 acres Sunday Island, lying in the north of the Gulf near the Muiron Islands, which is an important nesting site for roseate terns.

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