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Australia's last great whale haven.pdf - Ningaloo Atlas

Australia’s Last Great Whale Haven November 2011

Table of Contents

Executive Summary 3

Introduction 5

Cetaceans of the NW Marine Region 8

Common species and important habitat 9

Regular visitors and potential residents 11

Occasional sightings and inferred occurrence 12

Cetacean research in the NW Marine Region

Threats

18

Oil and gas industry 19

Noise Pollution 25

Shipping 26

Pollution 27

Fisheries 27

Habitat Degradation 28

Plastic Debris

Discussion

28

Cetaceans and the Bioregional Plan 29

Priority Areas and Areas for Further Assessment 30

Existing Legislation

Recommendations

30

Future Research 33

Species Prioritisation 34

Habitat Protection 35

Mitigation Plans 35

References 37

Appendix 1 – Species Profiles 44

List of Tables and Figures

Table 1 13

Species recorded as occurring in the

NW Marine Region

Table 2 22

Cetacean habitat in proximity to

petroleum activity

Figure 1 5

Map of the NW Marine Region

Figure 2

Positions of the Breeding Stock D humpback 10

whale calving ground and migratory routes

Figure 3 10

Assumed north and southbound

migratory paths of humpback whales

Figure 4 20

WA petroleum leases as of July 2011

Figure 5 21

Areas of overlap

Figure 6 26

Shipping routes in the NW Marine Region

Figure 7 28

Fishing activity in the NW Marine Region

Figure 8 30

Areas for Further Assessment

Figure 9 32

A map of the Browse Basin area showing

seismic survey activity

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