Shark Bay Marine Park

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Shark Bay Marine Park
Western Australia
IUCN category VI (protected area with sustainable use of natural resources)
A143, Shark Bay Marine Park, Western Australia, dolphin, 2007.JPG
A dolphin at Monkey Mia in the marine park
Shark Bay Marine Park is located in Western Australia
Shark Bay Marine Park
Shark Bay Marine Park
Nearest town or city Denham
Coordinates 25°48′S 113°45′E / 25.800°S 113.750°E / -25.800; 113.750Coordinates: 25°48′S 113°45′E / 25.800°S 113.750°E / -25.800; 113.750
Established 1989[citation needed]
Area 7,487.25 km2 (2,890.8 sq mi)[1]
Managing authorities WA Department of Parks and Wildlife
Website Shark Bay Marine Park
See also List of protected areas of
Western Australia

The Shark Bay Marine Park is protected marine park located within the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Shark Bay, in the Gascoyne region of Western Australia. The 748,725-hectare (1,850,140-acre)[1] marine park is situated over 800 km (500 mi) north of Perth and 400 kilometres (250 mi) north of Geraldton.[2][3]

The marine park is known for its large marine animals, such as the famous Monkey Mia dolphins, turtles, dugongs and sharks. The park and its vast seagrass meadows, with a total of twelve species of seagrass in the park that form an important part of the Shark Bay World Heritage Area.[4][5]

Major reference points of its boundaries include Steep Point at the south side of Dirk Hartog Island and Cape Inscription at the north side.[citation needed]


Fishing in the marine park are governed by the Gascoyne Fishing Rules[2] that specify the waters and species[6] of the Shark Bay area, also known as the Shark Bay Inner Gulfs:

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  1. ^ a b "Shark Bay, Western Australia". World Heritage List. UNESCO. 2014. Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Shark Bay Marine Park and Hamelin Pool Marine Nature Reserve: recreation guide" (PDF). WA Department of Environment and Conservation; and WA Department of Fisheries (PDF). Government of Western Australia. November 2010. Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  3. ^ Shark Bay Marine Reserves Draft Management Plan: Shark Bay Marine Park, Hamelin Pool Marine Nature Reserve. WA Department of Conservation and Land Management; and WA National Parks and Nature Conservation Authority. Perth, WA: Government of Western Australia. 1994. 
  4. ^ "Shark Bay Marine Park". WA Department of Parks and Wildlife. Government of Western Australia. 2013. Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "Shark Bay World Heritage Site, Australia". Earth Snapshot. Rome, Italy: Chelys. 1 March 2009. Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "Recreational fishing guide" (PDF). WA Department of Fisheries (PDF). Government of Western Australia. August 2014. Retrieved 30 August 2014. 

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