Send a message to the WA Government to protect Roebuck Bay’s incredible marine life
The WA Government is considering a new marine park in Roebuck Bay, home to turtles, dugongs, the mighty mud crab and the biggest known population of Australia’s own snubfin dolphin. ‘Snubbies’ were only discovered in 2005 and are unique to northern Australia.
Ask them to create a marine sanctuary in the most isolated and pristine part of the Bay to ensure a healthy future for Roebuck’s incredible marine life.
Tips for your Message
Messages in your own words work because the Premier and Environment Minister will measure how much you care by seeing how much effort you’ve put into contacting them. Keeping it positive and highlighting why it matters to you will make it most effective.
If you’d like some tips, here are a few ideas about what to say.
- The snubfin dolphin was only discovered in 2005 and is unique to Northern Australia.
- The biggest known population of snubfin dolphins lives in Roebuck Bay, but there are only a few hundred dolphins.
- Roebuck Bay is also significant for other wildlife, including dugong and turtles, with a range of habitats from tidal mudflats and mangroves to deep water reefs.
- A recent scientific paper showed that marine sanctuaries increase the abundance of mud crabs both inside and outside of the sanctuary, with benefits for the environment and fishers. Marine sanctuaries and great fishing go hand in hand.
- Roebuck Bay is of great cultural significance to the Yawaru people who are the Traditional Owners of the Bay.
- The Roebuck Bay wetlands and mudflats support huge numbers of migrating birds and are listed as internationally significant under the Ramsar convention.
- Creating a marine sanctuary in Roebuck Bay, and making a recent ban on gillnets permanent through marine park zoning, will secure a future for snubfin dolphins and other unique marine life.