Bardi Jawi Gaarra Marine Park
Declared a National Park with Habitat Protection in 2018, the Marine Park is a hotspot for marine wildlife such as dolphins, whales, turtles and dugong. Encompassing some 74,000 square kilometres, with depths from less than 15 metres to 800 metres, the sea country of the Bardi Jawi and Nyul Nyul peoples extends into Marine Park.
Some of the Worlds Largest Tides
The Dampier Peninsula region of Australia experiences immense tidal variation due to a unique combination of an unusually large continental shelf and a recessed coastline. These factors, combined with the gravitational forces of the moon and sun, amplify the tides and can cause tidal variation of up to 11 metres. The Bardi Jawi People have long travelled between islands, using the knowledge of lunar phases and the connection with tides to time the travel with the occurrence of neap tides when passage between the Islands can be safely undertaken. For millennia Bardi Jawi have taken advantage of low tides to access vast intertidal reefs, rock shelves and mudflats.
Bardi Jawi & Nyul Nyul Rangers
The Nyul Nyul and Bardi Jawi Rangers have both a men's and women's ranger teams, who are actively involved in land and sea conservation and management on their country. Nyul Nyul rangers actively work in and around the Beagle Bay and Pender Bay areas where as Bardi Jawi rangers work in the northern part of the Dampier Peninsula and coastal islands.
The Indigenous ranger program is seen as the natural progression of a cultural practice dating back thousands of years. One that allows for the continued custodial maintenance of country, linking young people back to country and culture while creating employment opportunities in remote communities.
Ranger Coordinator Contact
Nyul Nyul Ranger
Ph: 0448 904 966
Bardi Jawi Ranger
Ph: 08 9194 0142
The rangers take pride in looking after their country in culturally appropriate ways. They are responsible for carrying out many tasks. Some of these include;
- Presenting educational talks to schools
- Presenting talks via Indigenous tourism businesses
- Invasive weed management
- Collecting data on marine turtle and dugong populations
- Biodiversity surveys for threatened mammals such as the Bilby
- Patrolling by land and sea for evidence of illegal foreign fishing, vessel debris and
- working in conjunction with the Australian Quarantine Inspection Service AQIS.
- Estuarine crocodile removal and management
- Fire mitigation and wildfire control