Healthy Rivers, Healthy Seas
The intact and healthy rivers of the Kimberley have immense cultural significance and are vital to the survival of species such as the critically endangered freshwater sawfish.
Each wet season water flows from these rivers into the marine environment and with it juvenile barramundi and other fish that use the rivers and wetlands to forage and grow. Maintaining the health of the Kimberley’s rivers is therefore crucial to preserving the world’s last pristine tropical coastline and the wildlife, tourism and aquaculture industries that depend on it.
The Kimberley marine environment is among the most intact in the world because the adjacent terrestrial areas are also virtually unchanged. A lack of large-scale land clearing and mining means that the rivers that run into the ocean are clean and natural and the coastline is one of majestic scenery, ancient rock art and abundant wildlife.