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Declared Fish Habitat Area summary - Fitzroy River

Fitzroy River

Fitzroy River

Location

Parts of the Fitzroy River estuary, Raglan Creek and the wetland systems surrounding North Curtis Island and within the Fitzroy delta south-east of Rockhampton.

Plan number

FHA-072 (PDF, 2.7M)

Size

77,878 ha

Management level

A

Declaration dates

28 March 2008 (original declaration)

30 September 2016 (redeclared to include Balaclava Island and areas within the Fitzroy delta).

Local government

Livingstone Shire Council/Rockhampton Regional Council/Gladstone Regional Council

Management features

Management of highly productive fisheries area.

Habitat values

Extensive saltpans and saline grasslands fed by mangrove-lined creeks; closed mixed-species mangrove forests dominated by Avicennia marina, Rhizophora stylosa and Ceriops tagal; mud and sand flats; rocky headlands and brackish lagoons.

Fisheries values

Commercial, recreational and Indigenous fisheries resources; mud crab; barramundi; banana prawns; king salmon; blue salmon; sea mullet; grunter and shark.

Unique features

The Fitzroy River delta is the end point of the largest river system in Queensland; southern distributional limit of Acanthus ilicifolius.

Other benefits

None presently identified.

Further references

Bruinsma, C 2000, Queensland coastal wetland resources: Sand Bay to Keppel Bay, Information Series QI00100, Queensland Department of Primary Industries.

Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing 2014, Fisheries resources of Balaclava Island, Fitzroy River: Central Queensland (PDF, 4.6M).

Long, P & McKinnon, S 2002, Habitats and fisheries resources of the Fitzroy River estuary (Central Queensland), Queensland Department of Primary Industries.

Richardson, D & Jones, C 2015, Assessment of sub-tidal habitats at Cawarral Creek, Calliope River and Balaclava Island – Final Report (PDF, 712K), BMT WBM Pty Ltd (Executive Summary – full report can be obtained by emailing ).

Sheaves, M, Johnston, R & Mattone, C 2014, Balaclava Island 2014 fish survey (PDF, 1.1M), School of marine and tropical biology, James Cook University.

Last updated
27 September 2016