80 Mile Beach Marine Park
By David Rutter
The Western Australian government recently announced that it will be creating a 200,000 hectare marine park at 80 Mile Beach, between the towns of Port Hedland and Broome.
The formation of park is the first part of a larger plan to create of six marine parks in the North Kimberley region. Approximately one quarter of the park will be classified as a sanctuary zone in order to protect the native flora and fauna. The area is home to turtles, dugong and sawfish, and is also an important stopover point for shorebirds migrating from as far as Siberia.