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Perth Canyon

Located off Rottnest Island in Western Australia, the Perth Canyon is Australia’s largest submarine canyon, supporting several threatened species including seabirds, Antarctic blue, pygmy blue and sperm whales. It is home to the largest feeding aggregation of blue whales in Australia, on the migratory pathway for humpback whales and calves and is also an area of great significance for the endangered shortfin mako shark – and a vital nursery for shortfin mako pups.

The Perth Canyon Marine Park was established in 2018 with fishing continuing in some parts of the park. Wen Giving supports Marine Futures Lab scientists to survey open ocean wildlife such as sharks and tunas within the Perth Canyon Marine Park, providing a rare opportunity to assess the effectiveness of existing management and support an evidence-based approach to improving management in the future.

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