Exmouth Gulf : Western Australia
Exmouth Gulf lies between North West Cape and the main coastline of Western Australia.
It has a rich marine environment, being 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 famed nearby Ningaloo Reef.
The mangroves along the eastern side of the gulf stretch for nearly 50 km. They have been identified by BirdLife International 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 Sunday Island, lying in the north of the Gulf near the Muiron Islands, which is an important nesting site for roseate terns.
A proposal for a system of solar salt evaporation ponds stretching more than 30 km along the gulf's south-western coast has given rise to heated debate on possible environmental impacts on the area.
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.
North West Cape is a peninsula in the north-west of Western Australia. Cape Range runs down the spine of the peninsula and Ningaloo Reef runs along the western edge.
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Overlay Source Image: NASA Johnson