The massive Great Kimberley Marine Park came a step closer with the creation of the 1,845,000 hectare North Kimberley Marine Park.

Set to be the second largest coastal marine park in Australia, the proposed park will be made up of the Lalang-garram/Camden Sound Marine ParkLalang-garram/Horizontal Falls Marine ParkNorth Lalang-garram Marine Park and the new North Kimberley Marine Park. It will not only rival the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park in size, but scientists believe it will protect greater biodiversity than the Great Barrier Reef, with new species constantly being discovered in Kimberley waters.

Images from the Kimberley region are famous around the world and attract thousands of visitors every year. Major visitor destinations in the Great Kimberley Marine Park include the world-renowned Horizontal Falls (which Sir David Attenborough has named one of the greatest wonders of the natural world), the unique and amazing Montgomery Reef, the enormous whale migration and breeding hotspot at Camden Sound, and the majestic twin waterfalls at King George Falls.

To protect the environmental jewels of this vast area and rich Aboriginal culture, the $103.6 million Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy has created the largest interconnected system of marine and national parks in the State to be jointly managed with traditional owners. More than three million hectares of ocean covering approximately half of the State coastal waters of the Kimberley are now protected in six new marine parks created under the strategy.

The Lalang-garram/Camden Sound, Eighty Mile Beach, Lalang-garram/Horizontal Falls, , Yawuru Nagulagun/Roebuck Bay, North Lalang-garram and North Kimberley marine parks have together increased the total area of the State’s marine parks and reserves from about 1.5 million hectares to more than five million hectares.

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