Declared Fish Habitat Area summary - Fitzroy River
Parts of the Fitzroy River estuary, Raglan Creek and the wetland systems surrounding North Curtis Island and within the Fitzroy delta south-east of Rockhampton.
28 March 2008 (original declaration)
30 September 2016 (redeclared to include Balaclava Island and areas within the Fitzroy delta).
Livingstone Shire Council/Rockhampton Regional Council/Gladstone Regional Council
Management of highly productive fisheries area.
Extensive saltpans and saline grasslands fed by mangrove-lined creeks; closed mixed-species mangrove forests dominated by Avicennia marina, Rhizophora stylosa and Ceriops tagal; mud and sand flats; rocky headlands and brackish lagoons.
Commercial, recreational and Indigenous fisheries resources; mud crab; barramundi; banana prawns; king salmon; blue salmon; sea mullet; grunter and shark.
The Fitzroy River delta is the end point of the largest river system in Queensland; southern distributional limit of Acanthus ilicifolius.
None presently identified.
Bruinsma, C 2000, Queensland coastal wetland resources: Sand Bay to Keppel Bay, Information Series QI00100, Queensland Department of Primary Industries.
Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing 2014, Fisheries resources of Balaclava Island, Fitzroy River: Central Queensland .
Long, P & McKinnon, S 2002, Habitats and fisheries resources of the Fitzroy River estuary (Central Queensland), Queensland Department of Primary Industries.
Richardson, D & Jones, C 2015, Assessment of sub-tidal habitats at Cawarral Creek, Calliope River and Balaclava Island – Final Report , BMT WBM Pty Ltd (Executive Summary – full report can be obtained by emailing email@example.com).
Sheaves, M, Johnston, R & Mattone, C 2014, Balaclava Island 2014 fish survey , School of marine and tropical biology, James Cook University.