App makes a splash at WA marine parks

Pilbara News - - News - Louise Alling­ham

A new smart­phone app has been de­vel­oped to help vis­i­tors ex­plore and nav­i­gate WA’s 13 marine parks.

The Depart­ment of Parks and Wildlife cre­ated the Ex­plore Marine Parks WA app for iPhones and iPads with the sup­port of the Depart­ment of Fish­eries and Exxon Mo­bile Australia.

DPaW se­nior projects of­fi­cer Carolyn Thom­son-Dans said the app would pro­vide in­for­ma­tion about the full range of ac­tiv­i­ties avail­able in the State’s marine parks.

“This will make it eas­ier for peo­ple to plan their vis­its to WA’s mag­nif­i­cent marine parks, from the re­mote Lalang-Gar­ram/ Cam­den Sound in the Kim­ber­ley, to Walpole and Nor­nalup in­lets in the south,” she said.

“The app con­tains com­pre­hen­sive in­for­ma­tion about each marine park, along with 72 com­mon marine wildlife species and species of con­ser­va­tion sig­nif­i­cance such as whales, rep­tiles and fish.”

The in­for­ma­tion from the app will be down­loaded onto the user’s de­vice, mak­ing it ac­ces­si­ble at any time.

“The app has a Where Am I? func­tion so park users can see which marine park zone they are in and what ac­tiv­i­ties they can en­joy in each par­tic­u­lar area, even when off­line or out of mo­bile phone range,” Ms Thom­son-Dans said.

The de­vel­op­ment of the Ex­plore Marine Parks WA app was trig­gered by the in­creased use of smart­phones by tourists and park vis­i­tors.

“This is an ex­cel­lent tool pro­mot­ing the di­ver­sity of recre­ational ex­pe­ri­ences in our parks and it pro­vides prac­ti­cal in­for­ma­tion about how to con­tact each park, how to get there and how to stay safe dur­ing vis­its,” Ms Thom­son-Dans said.

“The app will also ed­u­cate vis­i­tors on ap­pro­pri­ate be­hav­iour in marine parks by pro­vid­ing the best pos­si­ble in­for­ma­tion on park zones and per­mit­ted ac­tiv­i­ties.”

Ex­plore Marine Parks WA is avail­able now from the Ap­ple App Store.

Find it by typ­ing “Marine Parks WA” into the search bar.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

A hump­back whale breaches in the Nin­ga­loo Marine Park.

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