Declared Fish Habitat Area summary - Temple Bay

Temple Bay declared Fish Habitat Area

Temple Bay declared Fish Habitat Area


About 420 km north of Cooktown between the Olive River and Mosquito Point, Temple Bay, east Cape York Peninsula.

Plan number

FHA-058 (PDF, 254.7KB)


18,995 ha

Management level


Declaration dates

19 November 1983 (original declaration)
1 July 2010 (redeclared to cadastral boundaries and to extend seaward)

Local government

Cook Shire Council

Management features

DPI survey stations in Glennie and Hunter inlets supported original declaration, seaward boundary aligned with trawl closure boundary in 2010, adjoins Margaret Bay (Wuthathi) declared Fish Habitat Area.

Habitat values

Extensive closed Rhizophora and Ceriops within Temple Bay; some salt pan and sparse seagrass beds.

Fisheries values

Protection of commercial prawn and fish habitat (including barramundi habitat); recreational and Indigenous fishing grounds; barramundi; blue salmon; grey mackerel; queenfish; grunter; mangrove jack; estuary cod; endeavour and tiger prawns.

Unique features

The uncommon mangrove Dolichandrone spathacea is found here.

Other values

None presently identified.