Protect dugong paradise in Australia's north
Limmen Bight in the Northern Territory is paradise for endangered dugongs, threatened marine turtles and other vulnerable marine life. The Federal Government has moved to protect this paradise with a new marine park but the long-standing threat of seabed mining may still be allowed to proceed unless we act now. Help convince the government to upgrade the Marine Park to a mining-free Marine National Park and protect dugong paradise forever.
Send your message below to Environment Minister Tony Burke.
The Forgotten Four
Limmen Bight is one of 4 very special but threatened marine areas that has not yet received the protection science says they need. Here’s the key points.
Sea Lion Grounds, WA
The Australian Sea Lion lives only off South Western Australia and is the world’s most endangered sea lion. Commercial fishing gillnets are the biggest threat to their survival. All marine park zones near colonies should be upgraded to protect sea lions from gillnet fishing.
Kangaroo Island, SA
The oil industry wants to use massively loud seismic airguns to locate oil deposits below the seafloor off the wildlife refuge of Kangaroo Island, putting endangered blue whales and sea lions at risk of injury and serious disturbance. A new oil-free zone would protect these critical feeding areas.
Bremer Canyon, WA
Just 40 kilometres off WA’s pristine South Coast lies a hotspot for orcas, sperm whales and thriving marine life that science is only just beginning to understand. A new oil-free zone would ensure proposed seismic and drilling does not drive marine life away from these important feeding grounds.
Limmen Bight, NT
Limmen Bight, in the South East corner of the Gulf of Carpentaria, supports extensive seagrass meadows. A new marine sanctuary zone would protect this global haven for threatened dugongs from seabed mining.
Thank you to the following for use of photos:
Australian Sea Lions – Ron and Valerie Taylor
Dugong – Courtesy Wilderness Society, iStockphoto
Dolphins – Tony Bartram
Orca - Jasmine Rossi
Find out more about Australia’s marine park network.