Gulf is one of Australia's most productive marine ecosystems. Because
it is located in the tropical arid zone it functions most of the
time as a 'reverse estuary' where seawater salinity increases slightly
upstream away from the ocean gulf due to evaporation.
Yannarie Creek Foods:
Aerial footage and images taken after heavy rain, shows the natural
flow that would be impeded by the proposed project.
from Wags and Kelly.
The creatures whose habitat is in danger.
The wetlands, the mangroves...
The area is part of a proposal to nominate the North West Cape —
Ningaloo Reef area for inscription on the World Heritage List.
Exmouth Gulf supports a long-standing sustainable prawn trawl fishery
which provides Exmouth king prawns to the Perth market. The Exmouth
region also is home to a pearl oyster fishery and grow-out industry
and an established recreational sports-fishery.
Salts' proposal involves the extraction of huge quantities of seawater
via two or more massive intake pump stations. These pumps would
also remove vast numbers of weakly swimming prawn and fish larvae
and post larvae fish from the Gulf ecosysterr and the fisheries.
Straits Resources original proposal to construct 411 square kilometres
of evaporative 'solar' salt ponds across the discharge of the Yannarie
system. A complex system of rock retaining walls would extend 70
km and essentially occupy the entire eastern coast of Exmouth Gulf.
Additional comments from some of the submissions.
© Photographs courtesy Tony Howard