PRLog (Press Release) – Apr 19, 2012 – Kimberley Whale Watching congratulates the Western Australian State Government in announcing the new Camden Sound Marine Park. The park, which was announced by former Environment Minister Donna Faragher in October 2009 covers a large area considered one of the main calving grounds for Breeding Stock D, the world’s largest population of Humpback whales, and Montgomery Reef, which at 350km2 is considered to beone of Australia’s largest inshore reefs. The State Government will be working closely with traditional owners and sea rangers in the joint management of the park.
The Kimberley’s Humpback whales use the islands and reefs of the marine park as areas to shelter whilst feeding and nurturing young calves. Through our observations of Humpback whale distribution and behaviour along the Kimberley coast and outer reefs and shoals over the past six years, we have also noted the importance of the Dampier Peninsula as a whale calving, resting and feeding area, and urge the State Government to consider increased protection for the Humpback whale population along this part of the coast. We hope that the state government will extend the areas under marine protection to include the Buccaneer Archipelago, Talbot Bay, Dugong Bay and the Horizontal Waterfalls.