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Key departmental publications, e.g. annual reports, budget papers and program guidelines are available in our online archive.

Much of the material listed on these archived web pages has been superseded, or served a particular purpose at a particular time. It may contain references to activities or policies that have no current application. Many archived documents may link to web pages that have moved or no longer exist, or may refer to other documents that are no longer available.

Our Sea, Our Future
Major findings of the State of the Marine Environment Report for Australia

Compiled by Leon P. Zann
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Townsville Queensland

Department of the Environment, Sport and Territories, Canberra (1995)
ISBN 0 642 17391 5

5. Regional issues in the marine environment - continued

Western Australia

Population: 1.7 million (72% in the Perth metropolitan area). Coastline: 12,000 km. Major coastal regions are temperate south and south-west, and tropical Gascoyne, Pilbara and Kimberley coasts. Most of the State's vast coastline is arid and uninhabited. Marine issues are largely confined to the more populous and industrialised south-west (SW). Major issues stem from declining water quality, particularly elevated nutrients. Problem areas include: Cockburn Sound, Princess Royal Harbour, and Peel-Harvey system. (6-14),(42-47),(56)

Major State and regional issues include:

Western Australia

Western Australia