Western Australia’s coastline spans more than 13,500 km and is home to some of the world’s most remarkable ecosystems and marine wildlife, including massive whale sharks, humpback whales and several threatened species of sea turtles.
Many of Western Australia’s marine plants and animals are found nowhere else in the world.
The marine waters from Shark Bay to the South Australian border contain extensive rocky reefs home to a large proportion of species unique to southern Australia, such as the Australian sea lion and leafy seadragon. These waters protect wonders as diverse as the world’s most extensive seagrass meadows and the world’s largest population of dugongs in Shark Bay Marine Park, the 2000 year old stromatolites in Hamelin Pool Nature Reserve, and thousands of offshore islands providing important breeding areas for sea lions, New Zealand fur seals, little penguins and seabirds.
Two guides have been produced byDPaW, with financial support from ExxonMobil Australia, to provide information about Western Australia’s significant or threatened animals, including how to report marine animals in distress, and how to assist DPaW by reporting sightings of these marine animals.
The Western Australian Oiled Wildlife Response Plan (WAOWRP) and the Pilbara Region Oiled Wildlife Response Plan (PROWRP) were released on 08/09/2014 and 27/10/2014 respectively as working documents for six months prior to a review of the documents. The WAOWRP and PROWRP are joint plans produced by the Department of Parks and Wildlife (Parks and Wildlife) and the Australian Marine Oil Spill Centre (AMOSC) on behalf of the petroleum industry. These plans provide guidance to all Oiled Wildlife Response in state waters and can be used as guidance for commonwealth waters surrounding WA for both Parks and Wildlife and petroleum titleholders.