|Name||North-west Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network|
|Network area||335 437 km2|
|Depth range||15 - 5000 m|
13 reserves (ranging in size from 304 to 146 000 km2)
|Types of zoning||
- Seasonal calving habitat for the world's largest population of the humpback whale
- Foraging and inter-nesting habitat for olive ridley, green, flatback, loggerhead and hawksbill marine turtles
- Foraging habitat for the whale shark, several species of sea snake, sawfish and for several species of migratory seabirds
- Biologically-important areas for several whale species, including the Australian snubfin dolphin and humpback whales
- Protection for coral reefs in Commonwealth waters adjacent to the Kimberley with additional protection for Rowley Shoals and Ningaloo reefs
- Eight key ecological features are included, fully or in part, in the marine reserve network
- Eight provincial bioregions, nine meso-scale bioregions, 81 depth ranges within provincial bioregions, and 15 seafloor types represented in the network.
The North-west Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network includes seasonal calving habitat for the world's largest population of the humpback whale.
Humpback whale breaching
Copyright: Amanda Campbell