Declared Fish Habitat Area summary - Staaten-Gilbert

Staaten River near the mouth

Staaten River near the mouth


120 km north-west of Karumba, between just south of Gilbert River mouth to approximately 8 km north of Staaten River mouth.

Plan number

FHA-061 (PDF, 732.5KB)


22,147 ha

Management level


Declaration dates

19 May 1990 (original declaration)
1 July 2010 (redeclared to cadastral boundaries, extended offshore)

Local government

Carpentaria Shire Council

Management features

Department of Primary Industries sampling stations in the Staaten River from Dinah Island upstream to Wyaaba Creek supported original declaration.

Habitat values

Closed and open Avicennia along foreshore; closed Avicennia and mixed communities in riverine areas; extensive unvegetated salt flats associated with estuary; extensive nearshore sand banks associated with river mouths; extensive scald areas.

Fisheries values

Conservation of commercial, recreational and Indigenous fisheries resources; important prawn and fish nursery area; barramundi; blue salmon; grey mackerel; king salmon; queenfish; grunter; mud crabs.

Other values

None presently identified.