What WWF is doing for the Ningaloo Reef Marine Park

Ningaloo Reef has been the site of several campaigns by WWF and other conservation organisations, resulting in some significant wins for the environment.

The Save Ningaloo Reef Campaign was waged over several years and involved a range of community groups, scientists and celebrities. Campaigners celebrated a huge win in 2003, when the Western Australian Government rejected the proposal to build a 2000-bed resort and marina at Mauds Landing, in the southern part of the Ningaloo Marine Park. Then Premier Geoff Gallop stated at the time that he believed “there were far too many risks involved in accepting this development”.

In November 2004, further campaigning by WWF and its Save Ningaloo partners resulted in the extension of protective sanctuary zones from 10% to cover 34% of the reef – another momentous victory.

Our marine team continues to ensure that sound ecological planning underpins any proposed developments on the unique Ningaloo Coast and that the environmental values of the Ningaloo-Gascoyne region are protected for all time.

Since December 2002, we have worked on a valuable turtle conservation and management program in conjunction with the Cape Conservation Group, the Department of Conservation and Land Management (CALM), Murdoch University and communities along the Ningaloo coast.
Ningaloo Coast Aerial, area over Exmouth. 
	© Averil Bones
Ningaloo Coast Aerial, area over Exmouth.
© Averil Bones

What you can do to help the Ningaloo Reef Marine Park

There is plenty you can do to help save Ningaloo Reef, including:

donating to WWF

• being more aware about what you throw away and where it ends up; litter commonly pollutes our waterways

• educating your friends and colleagues

• supporting local business and government initiatives to protect the reef

• not touching or taking “souvenirs” w hen enjoying any coral reef

• advocating for the protection of our most precious natural wonderland on social networks

• phoning or emailing politicians to urge them to keep climate change at the top of their agenda.