Rangelands NRM are pleased to announce four new coastal projects partnerships throughout the Gascoyne and Kimberley regions.
In the Gascoyne, Rangelands NRM are working with OceanWatch Australia to trial the Shark Shield devices to limit the number of shark attacks on targeted species of commercial fishing vessels. These devices are designed to repel sharks while not effecting other marine species. This hopes to limit the amount of bycatch, creating a more sustainable fishery.
In the Kimberley, Rangelands NRM are working on three projects.
Environs Kimberley (EK) are focusing on track management, signage and education to help protect a fragile stand of Monsoonal Vine Thickets at Middle Lagoon, North of Broome. This is an extension of the project that they have been running along the West Kimberley coast.
Conservation Volunteers (CV) are working on increased community education and local management of an annual sea turtle monitoring program. For a number of years, this program has been very successful and well supported by the local Broome community and the partnership with Rangelands NRM will ensure that it continues to do so.
Nita Downs Station are going to expand a project run by DEC to help protect the RAMSAR listed 80 Mile Beach. Currently, a fence has been constructed to restrict access to the fragile primary sand dune and beach, but cattle can still access this area by walking around the northern border. Nita Downs are going to construct of 20km buffer fence to ensure that the cattle do not have access to the internationally significant wetlands.
For more information, contact Jimmy Dobson.