Releasing a banded hare-wallabyConserving the Nature of Shark Bay

The international conservation significance of Shark Bay’s natural values was recognised with its World Heritage listing in 1991. Shark Bay therefore requires careful management to ensure these values are not compromised, diminished or destroyed. Whilst conserving the nature of Shark Bay is largely the role of the Department of Parks and Wildlife, locals and visitors alike have a role to play in protecting this special place.

Conservation significance

Shark Bay is one of the world’s most significant natural sites. Click here to find out why Shark Bay is so significant.

Conservation Projects

A range of practical projects are underway to conserve the natural ecosystems of Shark Bay and the Dirk Hartog Island Ecological Restoration Project aims to restore the ecosystems of the island and return a number of small mammal species lost to the island. Click here for more about other projects aiming to restore Shark Bay’s natural values.

Research for conservation

Data from scientific studies not only add to our understanding of the region, but have practical application, ranging from the captive breeding of endangered species to the rehabilitation of entire ecosystems. Click here for information on current studies.