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  • The Northern Territory is home to six of the world's seven species of sea turtles and some of the planet's biggest populations of threatened dugongs

Limmen Bight Marine Park

In May 2012 the Territory government announced the Limmen Bight Marine Park. This beautiful marine park includes Maria Island, which is an important nesting ground for three species of sea turtles. Limmen Bight Marine Park sits in the south-west corner of the Gulf of Carpentaria alongside Limmen National Park. AMCS has long called for this dugong-haven to be protected due to its extensive seagrass meadows and nesting sites for threatened flatback turtles.

Limmen Bight is home to the gentle dugongSeagrass is not only important for larger marine animals like dugong but also tiny prawns, rare seahorses and pipefish which seek protection and nourishment in its greenery.

Limmen's sandy beaches provide nesting sites for flatback turtles and the region's wetlands and inter-tidal mudflats are an internationally important site for migratory shorebirds.

Over one hundred species of fish are recorded in the region, including Australia's threatened freshwater sawfish.

AMCS recognises that marine sanctuaries – like national parks on land, are the best way to protect our marine biodiversity. Currently a management plan for the Limmen Bight Marine Park is being created and AMCS encourages the NT Government to adopt scientifically proven sanctuary zones within the park. AMCS recognises the Marra people as the traditional owners of these waters and believes they should be involved in jointly managing the park, if that is their wish, as they have a unique role to play in caring for sea country.