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.