Shark Bay Marine Park
|Shark Bay Marine Park
IUCN category VI (protected area with sustainable use of natural resources)
A dolphin at Monkey Mia in the marine park
|Nearest town or city||Denham|
|Area||7,487.25 km2 (2,890.8 sq mi)|
|Managing authorities||WA Department of Parks and Wildlife|
|Website||Shark Bay Marine Park|
|See also||List of protected areas of
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) marine park is situated over 800 km (500 mi) north of Perth and 400 kilometres (250 mi) north of Geraldton.
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.
- Eastern Gulf Zone: the region located east of the Peron Peninsula and north from Cape Peron North ( to a line at 25°16.6'S) and east to the coast of the mainland. Fishing is not permitted in the southern portion of this zone, the Hamelin Pool Marine Nature Reserve.
- Denham Sound: the region also known as the Western Gulf Zone, south to line at Goulet Bluff (25°13’S) which separates the Freycinet Estuary.
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- "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.
- 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.
- "Shark Bay Marine Park". WA Department of Parks and Wildlife. Government of Western Australia. 2013. Retrieved 30 August 2014.
- "Shark Bay World Heritage Site, Australia". Earth Snapshot. Rome, Italy: Chelys. 1 March 2009. Retrieved 30 August 2014.
- "Recreational fishing guide" (PDF). WA Department of Fisheries (PDF). Government of Western Australia. August 2014. Retrieved 30 August 2014.
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- Thomson, Carolyn (1997). Discovering Shark Bay Marine Park and Monkey Mia. WA Department of Conservation and Land Management. Como, WA: Government of Western Australia. ISBN 0-7309-6854-5.