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Declared Fish Habitat Area summary - Edgecumbe Bay

Sandy shorelines of the Edgecumbe Bay declared Fish Habitat Area

Sandy shorelines of the Edgecumbe Bay declared Fish Habitat Area

Location

Edgecumbe Bay, Cape Gloucester to Adelaide Point, 10 km south-east of Bowen.

Plan No.

FHA-069 (PDF, 635K) 

Size

19,705 ha
17,905 ha management A
1,800 ha management B

Management level

A and B

Declaration dates

25 February 2005 (original declaration)

Local government

Whitsunday Regional Council

Management features

Protection of important commercial, recreational and traditional fishing grounds; pristine habitats and coastal wetland systems; protection of diverse habitats, including mangrove forests and seagrass beds.

Habitat values

Mangrove forests with up to 12 species dominated by Rhizophora and Ceriops; saltpan and marsh; intertidal sand and mud banks; sandy shores; rocky shores; extensive seagrass meadows; coral reefs.

Fisheries values

Important commercial, recreational and traditional fishing grounds; barramundi; mullet; mud crabs; blue threadfin; whiting; mangrove jack; bream; grunter; Spanish, grey and spotted mackerel; shark; tiger prawns; reef fish.

Other benefits

Protection of coral reefs.

Further resources

Sheppard, R 2002, Identification and assessment of the fisheries resources of Edgecumbe Bay, Queensland Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries.

Information current as at September 2012.

Last updated
27 September 2012