Roebuck Manta rays hit the front page of Broome Advertiser in April. There are few places in the world with such productive waters surrounding a population centre. On the eastern side, Roebuck Bay is home to rare dolphins, dugongs, turtles, and shorebirds who migrate thousands of kilometres to feast on the rich invertebrates in the mudflats. Then on the western side, Broome has Cable Beach, a mecca for beachgoers and home for Humpback whales, manta rays, dolphins, dugongs, turtles, and of course, lots of fish.
RBWG’s message is to look after the remarkable marine life on Broome’s coast by Coastal Gardening » With the bay experiencing worsening Lyngbya blooms, we need to stop feeding them fertilisers, garden waste, pet poo and sewerage from poorly maintained septics, as they can have devastating impacts. Gardening this way is cheap, provides bush tuckers, fills gardens with birdsong, is easily maintained and copes well with droughts and cyclones.
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.