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Welcome Move to Safeguard World's Largest Humpback Sanctuary

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Welcome Move to Safeguard World's Largest Humpback Sanctuary

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Environmental groups have welcomed the announcement of a new Kimberley marine park covering the world's largest humpback whale sanctuary as an important step toward protecting a region often considered as significant as the Great Barrier Reef.

The 7000sq km Camden Sound Marine Park, about 300km northeast of Broome, is the first of four to be announced by the Barnett government in the Kimberley and takes in pristine islands, shoals, reefs and the inter-tidal zone along the coastline. A special-purpose zone has been created over 25 per cent of the area to protect an estimated 1000 humpbacks that travel there between June and November each year to calve in the warm waters before heading south to Antarctica as part of more than 20,000 migrating whales.


Read the full article, Welcome Move to Safeguard World's Largest Humpback Sanctuary, on the Australian website.


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