Judy Edwards

Judy Edwards

Former Minister for the Environment; Science

    Jurien Bay Marine Park management plan released

    29/06/2005 12:00 AM

    Management of the Jurien Bay Marine Park will be further strengthened today with the release of the management plan for the park by Environment Minister Judy Edwards.

    The Jurien Bay Marine Park, encompassing the waters of the Turquoise Coast for 100km between Wedge Island and Green Head, was established in August 2003, following an extensive public consultative process.

    Dr Edwards said waters of the new park were a treasure trove of marine biodiversity. The islands provided important habitat for sea lions and seabirds, while the waters represented a transition zone between the tropical north and temperate south.

    “The Department of Conservation and Land Management already has initiated a range of management strategies for the management of the park,” she said.

    “These include signage and education programs, zone markers, schools programs and initiating a range of collaborative research and monitoring projects.

    “The research programs are already highlighting the importance of this area and confirming the importance of protecting the environment and conserving the area for the future.

    “Three dedicated staff have now been appointed and $470,000 has been provided in the State Budget for CALM to implement the management plan.

    “The Department of Fisheries has also been provided with $250,000 to assist CALM with management of the park, with a particular focus on ensuring user compliance with zone regulations.”

    The Minister said a community-based management advisory group would now be formed to ensure that the local community could actively participate in the management of the park.

    Copies of the Jurien Bay Marine Park management plan and the analysis of public submissions are available from CALM's Jurien Bay and Fremantle offices or through CALM's website - http://www.naturebase.net

    Minister's office: 9220 5050