Declared Fish Habitat Area summary - Cape Palmerston

Cape Palmerston - Rocky Dam declared Fish Habitat Area

Cape Palmerston - Rocky Dam declared Fish Habitat Area


Ince Bay, 50 km south east of Mackay.

Plan number

FHA-048 (PDF, 287.7KB)  


21,507 ha
15,964 ha management A
5,543 ha management B

Management level

A and B

Declaration dates

20 November 1986 (original declaration)
22 May 2009 (redeclared and combined with Rocky Dam)

Local government

Mackay Regional Council

Management features

The Rocky Dam section (management B) provides wetlands buffer zone for the Cape Palmerston section (management A).

Habitat values

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.

Fisheries values

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.

Other values

Dugong habitat in Ince Bay.