Adele Island Included in Buccaneer Marine Park
At the 2017 state election, the incoming Labor Government committed to extending the Great Kimberley Marine Park to include the thousand islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago and the fringing coral reefs that surround them.
Important work has begun on this commitment, however, previously there had never been an official commitment to include the reefs of Adele Island, Beagle and Mavis within the outer boundaries in this new and important marine park.
Over 1850 passionate Kimberley supporters wrote to the Environment Minister, telling him that these remote and pristine coral reefs deserved world-class protection.
The Environment Minister listened to the community and recently confirmed the intent to include Adele Island and Beagle and Mavis reefs in the proposed Buccaneer Archipelago Marine Park!
Minister Dawson reflected on the outstanding natural values of these reefs, including being important feeding areas for seabirds and waders. He agreed that the inclusion of these areas in the States marine reserve system would complement the existing class A nature reserve at Adele Island and the protection provided by adjacent Commonwealth marine parks.
The protection of these pristine reefs will be a win for marine life, and for all Australians for the future.