Ecology & Environment
Until Mid 2007 all Coral Bay's power was created by 3 diesel-powered generating plants, each one operated by the caravan park or accommodation provider that used the power created by them.
As of August 2007, 40% of Coral Bay's power needs can be supplied by renewable sources, 3 wind-turbines located less than 1km from the town. They were installed and are managed by Horizon Power, Western Australia's state energy body.
Peoples Park (where Coral Bay Ecotours is to be found) is set to become the first user of the supply of 100% renewable energy generation.
It is hoped the two other diesel generator owners, Bayview Caravan Park (including the caravan park, The Lodge, and the Backpacker's hostel), and Ningaloo Reef Resort, will change to renewable energy over time.
As with Coral Bay's power needs, all the town's water supplies have been produced by individual accommodation providers using reverse osmosis systems to generate fresh drinking water by piping up hot, salty underground water from the huge reserves available to the area, allowing it to settle and cool before removing all impurities by reverse osmosis.
The cost of running 3 small, separate water producing facilities has meant drinking water has been available only in limited quantities, with underground, or bore, water being used for all water needs except for drinking.
The Western Australian water Corporation is currently building one large water production facility, again using the reverse osmosis system, and this is scheduled to begin operations in December 2007. Initially the plant will produce 200 kilolitres of drinking water per day, with the capacity to increase to 400 kilolitres.
With the commissioning of this system Coral Bay will have sufficient drinking water, and of exceptional quality, for all uses and for all residents and tourists.
Both the energy and water facilities have been made possible through the assistance of both the Baiyungu Aboriginal Corporation, and the Gnulli Native Title claimants.
Research efforts form a high priority part of the region's desire to ensure sustainable tourism continues in the future.
The research tales many forms, and focuses on numerous subjects – Turtles, Manta Rays, Whales sharks, Dugongs, Sea Grasses, Tourism impacts.
Coral Bay Ecotours is actively involved with most of these projects, and your tour will often provide valuable information to keep these research efforts viable and relevant.
Sanctuary zones have been gazetted in the Ningaloo Marine Park to provide 'no take' areas for the continued breeding and health of various species of fish, shells, and invertebrates.
The Ningaloo Reef includes 18 marine sanctuary zones, areas of 'passive' or 'look but don't take' use, that is, no catching or taking anything, but open to swimming, snorkelling, visiting, etc.
Coral Bay has two such sanctuary zones - the Maud, and the Bateman Sanctuary zones.
The Maud Sanctuary Zone includes the beaches of the Coral Bay town site – Bills Bay, Paradise Beach, Skeleton Bay, and Point Maud, stretching about 4km south and 3 km north of town – and extends about 1km out to sea to include the adjacent outer reef.
The Bateman Sanctuary Zone includes the northern end of Bateman Bay, the fantastic Oyster Bridge, and The Lagoon areas, and the 5 Mile site. For much of the year access to these areas is restricted, with beaches closed to all traffic except guided tours.