Declared Fish Habitat Area summary - Elliott River

Elliott River mangroves

Elliott River mangroves


Lower parts of the Elliott River, 14 km south of Bundaberg.

Plan number

FHA-052 (PDF, 876.2KB)


803 ha

Management level


Declaration dates

19 December 2003 (original declaration)

Local government

Bundaberg Regional Council

Management features

Management of important nursery grounds for local and regional fisheries; protection of a range of near pristine fisheries habitats in one of the few unimpounded systems of southern Queensland.

Habitat values

Mangrove forests dominated by Avicennia, Rhizophora and Ceriops; ephemeral Halophila and Zostera seagrasses; intertidal sand and mud banks; rock bars.

Fisheries values

Recreational, commercial and Indigenous fishing; flathead; whiting; bream; barramundi; estuary cod; sweetlip; mullet; king, tiger and banana prawns; mud and sand crabs.

Unique features

One of the few coastal systems in southern Queensland not regulated by weirs, dams or other impoundment structures, providing unimpeded connectivity between estuarine and freshwater habitats.

Other values

None presently identified.

Further references

McKinnon, S, Lupton, C & Beumer, J 2002, Declaration of Elliott River Fish Habitat Area, Final Report for Project MPA 31420