Eighty Mile Beach

Eighty Mile Beach: Turtles nesting

Many turtles are attempting to lay eggs at Eighty Mile Beach, but returning to the water without nesting.

Turtle tracks

Turtle tracks

Wildlife officers are asking the public not to disturb the turtles as they attempt to lay.

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Monday, December 2nd, 2013 Environment Comments Off

Roebuck Bay: Birds prepare for 10,000 km flight

A small bird has flown for 10,000 kilometres to arrive at Roebuck Bay and Eighty Mile Beach.

The red knot will stay for several months to feed.

When it has built up sufficient body condition it will fly to Bohai Bay in China, then on to Siberia to breed.

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Saturday, October 26th, 2013 Environment Comments Off

Major marine life studies at Eighty Mile Beach

A scientist says Eighty Mile Beach marine park will be the focus of major marine life research.

“The major areas of marine species management are … turtles, coastal dolphins, hump back whales, and dugongs,” DEC Marine Science Program leader Chris Simpson said.

““We don’t know how many dugongs are up there, we don’t know if they are … connected to the Shark Bay population or the Indonesian population.”

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Saturday, March 30th, 2013 Environment, Government Comments Off

Eighty Mile Beach: Indigenous rangers key to marine park

Karajarri Rangers have played a key role in setting up the new Eighty Mile Beach marine park.

Turtle tracks

Turtle tracks

They have also been actively involved in the DEC’s marine turtle monitoring program.

The government is now negotiating with the group to contract out part of the new park’s management.

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Sunday, March 24th, 2013 Aboriginal, Environment, Government Comments Off

Eighty Mile Beach: Cameras monitor turtle nests

Surveillance cameras are being used to monitor threats to turtle nests as part of a study.

Turtle tracks

Turtle tracks

Foxes have been filmed near nests at Eighty Mile Beach.

DEC, Indigenous Rangers and volunteers are studying threats to turtle nesting.

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Thursday, February 7th, 2013 Aboriginal, Environment Comments Off

80-Mile Beach: ‘No change’ to fishing

The fisheries department says a new marine sanctuary will not prevent commercial or recreational fishing and pearling.

“There’s still plenty of room in the general use zones for people to go fishing,” a spokesman told the ABC.

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Thursday, January 31st, 2013 Business and finance, Environment, Government Comments Off

Green group ‘welcomes’ new marine park

A green group has welcomed the announcement of the Eighty-Mile Beach marine park – with some reservations.

A flatback turtle nesting. Photo by Teri Shore

A flatback turtle nesting. Photo by Teri Shore

“This new marine park is a crucial piece of the protection jigsaw for our current government to deliver but other threats to the Kimberley coast remain,” Wilderness Society marine campaigner Jenita Enevoldsen said.

You can read her media release here:

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Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 Environment, Government Comments Off

Eighty Mile Beach: New marine park

Environment Minister Bill Marmion announced a new marine park for the Eighty-Mile Beach yesterday.

It includes most of the coastal waters adjacent to Anna Plains, Mandorla, Wallal and Pardoo stations.

You can read his media release here:

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Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 Environment, Government Comments Off
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