Declared Fish Habitat Area summary - Bowling Green Bay
Bowling Green Bay, 30 km east of Townsville.
25 November 1989 (original declaration)
24 July 1998 (redeclared to cadastral boundaries)
Townsville City Council and Burdekin Shire Council
Conservation of commercial, recreational and Indigenous fishing grounds and resources.
Closed Rhizophora and Ceriops dominated mangrove stands; extensive areas of salt marsh; sparse seagrass beds within the bay; sand and mud flats; sandy beaches.
Major barramundi nursery habitat; area identified as important to the food chain of offshore billfish fishery; barramundi; blue salmon; bream; estuary cod; flathead; grey mackerel; grunter; mangrove jack; queenfish; school mackerel; whiting; tiger and banana prawns.
Adjacent to Bowling Green Bay RAMSAR wetlands; brackish and freshwater lagoons immediately upstream.
Important dugong and loggerhead turtle habitat.