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Shark Bay – Yalgoo

Region: Southern Rangelands (Gascoyne-Murchison)


The Gascoyne Murchison strategy delivered a corridor of conservation estate stepping stones between the Karara block of former pastoral properties south of Yalgoo, to the Shark Bay World Heritage Area. This corridor lies between the wheatbelt and the rangelands and extends from Ninghan Station in the south, east to Charles Darwin Reserve, Mt Gibson Station and up the central midwest through several Department of Parks and Wildlife conservation blocks (Karara, Muggon, Doolgunna-Mooloogool and Dalgaranga) to Hamelin station and the Shark Bay World Heritage Area in the north.

The Shark Bay World Heritage Area is an important asset in this corridor extending over 2,320,000 hectares and includes the Shark Bay Marine Park and Hamelin Pool Nature Reserve. The isolated, and relatively untouched peninsulas and island habitats of Shark Bay are home to five endangered mammals and also harbours 35% per cent of Australia’s bird species. Many species of birds and reptiles found here are also within the northern and southern extent of their range. Ten percent of the world’s dugong population (10,000) resides in Shark Bay along with significant loggerhead and green turtle rookeries. The twelve species of seagrass found here make it one of the most diverse seagrass assemblages in the world.

Throughout the Shark Bay – Yalgoo Corridor there are real opportunities to build landscape-scale collaborative efforts between the pastoral industry, State Government agencies and conservation land managers.

By building upon initiatives led by the pastoral industry over the past 10 years and linking these with the activities of conservation land management organisations including Bush Heritage, Northern Agricultural Catchments Council and the Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions, Rangelands NRM is supporting improved land management throughout the corridor, integrating sustainable pastoral production, biodiversity conservation and community leadership.

Key EBBC or priority fauna in area:

  • Foraging areas and important rookeries for the endangered Loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta), vulnerable Green turtle (Chelonia mydas)
  • Endangered Western Spiny-tailed Skink (Egernia stokesii badia)
  • Vulnerable Malleefowl (Leipoa ocellata)
  • Vulnerable Hamelin ctenotus (Ctenotus zastictus)

Other assets in the area:

  1. Shark Bay sandplains – National Biodiversity Hotspot
  2. Hamelin Pool (stromatolites)
  3. Wooramel seagrass bank
  4. Charles Darwin Reserve
  5. Mt Gibson

People/Groups engaged in the area:

  1. Southern Gascoyne Group
  2. Gascoyne Catchments Group
  3. Bush Heritage
  4. Northern Agricultural Catchments Council (NACC)
  5. Aboriginal Biodiversity Coservation (ABC) Foundation
  6. Yadgallah Aboriginal Corporation
  7. Big Island Research P/L
  8. Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions (Denham Office)
  9. Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (Carnarvon Office)