Declared Fish Habitat Area summary - Susan River
Susan River and parts of lower reaches of Mary River, 16 km south-east of Maryborough.
10 May 1986 (original declaration)
22 May 2009 (redeclared to cadastral boundaries, adjoining fish habitats included, mooring area excluded)
Fraser Coast Regional Council
Protection of recreational fishing grounds; penaeid prawn and mud crab habitat.
Closed Rhizophora and Avicennia forests; low Ceriops shrubland; intertidal sand flats and claypan; seagrass meadows.
Recreational, commercial and Indigenous fishing; bream; estuary cod; flathead; garfish; grunter; luderick; mangrove jack; sea mullet; tailor; whiting; banana prawns; mud crabs.
Avicennia mangroves in the Susan River declared FHA provide important habitat for the Illidge’s ant-blue butterfly Acrodipsas illidgei, which is listed as vulnerable under Queensland legislation and endangered on the IUCN Red List.
Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (in prep), Enhanced management of Ramsar site wetlands within the Great Sandy Strait catchments, Final project report, Queensland Wetlands Program, Brisbane, Queensland.