Exmouth Gulf

Gales Bay at the south end of Exmouth Gulf
The gulf's mangroves are an important site for grey-tailed tattlers

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.

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.[citation needed]

A proposal for a system of solar salt evaporation ponds stretching more than 30 kilometres (19 mi) along the gulf's south-western coast has given rise to heated debate on possible environmental impacts on the area.[citation needed]

The Gulf and off-shore waters beyond the Ningaloo fringing reef are home to some of Australia's more significant sport fish including marlin, Spanish mackerel, and several sub-species of tuna.[citation needed]

The Gulf sustains one of Western Australia's largest prawn fisheries, managed by the Kailis Fishing Group, which operates under license from the Western Australian Government.[citation needed]

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.[1] 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.[2]

References

  1. ^ "IBA: Exmouth Gulf Mangroves". Birdata. Birds Australia. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-20.
  2. ^ BirdLife Ifnternational. (2011). Important Bird Areas factsheet: Sunday Island (Exmouth Gulf). Downloaded from "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 July 2007. Retrieved 2014-03-29.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) on 2011-10-26.

Further reading

  • Western Australia. Dept. of Planning and Urban Development. (1992) Exmouth coastal strategy Department of Planning and Urban Development. Perth, W.A. : The Dept. ISBN 0-7309-3259-1 (pbk.)

Coordinates: 22°10′S 114°18′E / 22.167°S 114.300°E / -22.167; 114.300

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