The Kimberley Ports Authority is close to starting dredging work on its Channel Optimisation Project. During the dredging phase, NBY’s Country Managers will be acting as Marine Fauna Observers, trained and employed to ensure that there are no negative interactions with marina fauna such as turtle and dugong during the process. If marine fauna are sighted in close proximity to the dredge, work vessel or disposal site, or if the turbidity (dredge plume) exceeds the maximum target criteria, operations will stop and the situation assessed before resuming work.
The Port optimisation and channel dredging will allow larger cruise ships and other vessels to dock at Broome port. You can read more about the project in this newsletter: Port Channel Optimisation Project Update 6 July 2019