Declared Fish Habitat Area summary - Starcke River (Ngulun)
Starcke River including coastal waters from Lookout Point to Jeannie River, 60 km north of Hopevale.
20,106 ha management A
9,897 ha management B
A and B
25 February 2005 (original declaration)
Cook Shire Council
Highly productive fisheries habitats in pristine or near pristine condition.
One of the most varied coastlines on Cape York Peninsula including large areas of mangrove, tidal floodplains, sand dunes and rocky headlands; 16 species of mangroves dominated by Rhizophora, Avicennia and Ceriops; saltpans and marsh; intertidal flats; extensive intertidal and subtidal seagrass meadows with up to 10 species; important penaeid prawn habitat.
Indigenous subsistence fishing; commercial net and crab fishery; recreational fishing; barramundi; salmon; queenfish; trevally; grunter; catfish; mullet; mud crabs; reef fish; mackerel.
Diversity of pristine habitats of high fisheries value.
Fringing coral reefs; adjacent melaleuca wetlands; important dugong habitat.
Sheppard, R, Roelofs, A, Garrett, R, Helmke, S & Campey, M 2001, Starcke region: assessment of fisheries resources May–June 2000, Information Series QI 01067, Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries.