In 2006 a large bloom of blue green Lyngbya occurred in Roebuck Bay, smothering the seagrass meadows, mangroves and large areas of the highly productive mudflats. RBWG together with Yawuru Traditional Owners and DEC responded quickly with community forum, a Lyngbya Contingency Plan and in 2010 a Keep Our Bay Clean project to reduce land based nutrients and sediments from entering Roebuck Bay. High levels of nutrients and sediments in waterways are known for causing Lyngbya blooms, so it is vital that our community takes actions to reduce the pollution going into our drains and seeping through our soils into the aquifer which discharges at the edge of creeks into Roebuck Bay.
Roebuck Bay Working Group is comprised of Traditional Owners and government, local community, conservation groups and business. We work collaboratively to solve issues, raise awareness and encourage research and monitoring which supports responsible management and protection of Roebuck Bay.