Declared Fish Habitat Area summary - Cape Palmerston
Ince Bay, 50 km south east of Mackay.
15,964 ha management A
5,543 ha management B
A and B
20 November 1986 (original declaration)
22 May 2009 (redeclared and combined with Rocky Dam)
Mackay Regional Council
The Rocky Dam section (management B) provides wetlands buffer zone for the Cape Palmerston section (management A).
Extensive Avicennia, Ceriops and Rhizophora mangrove, intertidal flats and saltmarsh areas along Rocky Dam Creek estuary; fringing inshore reef and seagrass beds in Ince Bay; small portions of freshwater in Rocky Dam Creek; large sandy bay that at low tide reveals estuarine sandbars and channels; characterised by high tidal range.
Protection of commercial, recreational and Indigenous fishing grounds; penaeid prawn habitat; barramundi; blue salmon; bream; estuary cod; flathead; grey mackerel; grunter; mangrove jack; queenfish; sea mullet; school mackerel; whiting; banana prawns; oysters; mud crabs.
Dugong habitat in Ince Bay.