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Declared Fish Habitat Area summary - Burdekin

Cape Bowling Green with Burdekin declared Fish Habitat Area to the left and Bowling Green Bay declared Fish Habitat Area to the right

Cape Bowling Green with Burdekin declared Fish Habitat Area to the left and Bowling Green Bay declared Fish Habitat Area to the right

Location

Cape Bowling Green to Cape Upstart, Upstart Bay and the Burdekin delta, 10 km east of Ayr and Home Hill.

Plan number

FHA-005 (PDF, 1.5M)

Size

92,320 ha

Management level

B

Declaration dates

13 August 1999 (original declaration)
21 December 2012 (redeclared to remove terrestrial lands)

Local government

Burdekin Shire Council

Management features

Protection of valuable commercial, recreational and Indigenous fisheries resources; management of diverse habitats in good condition near Ayr.

Habitat values

Extensive mangrove communities with about 20 species dominated by Rhizophora, Avicennia and Ceriops and Xylocarpus mekongensis; dense seagrass meadows with at least eight species of seagrass recorded; extensive saltpans.

Fisheries values

Commercial, recreational and Indigenous fishing; barramundi; grunter; flathead; mullet; salmon; mackerel; shark; whiting, mangrove jack; queenfish; bream; dart; trevally; jewfish; banana and tiger prawns caught in coastal areas; mud crabs caught frequently in all tidal areas.

Other benefits

None presently identified.

Further references

Danaher, K. 1995. Coastal wetlands resources investigation of the Burdekin Delta for declaration as fisheries reserves, Report to Ocean Rescue 2000.

Information current as at December 2012.

Last updated
21 December 2012