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Great Sandy Strait Ramsar internationally important wetland

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Overview

Great Sandy Strait is a double-ended sand passage estuary and, because of the relatively flat nearshore, has large horizontal tide movements. Low water is one kilometre offshore in some areas. Patterned fens have been recorded along Great Sandy Strait and Cooloola. This type of wetland is the only one of its kind in the world. A Protected Area Management Plan is available for this area.

The Great Sandy Strait Ramsar Information Sheet (1999) provides detailed explaination of the values, functions and characteristics of the site.

Wetlands International provides a useful tool for preparing reports on specific aspects of the site.

Although the official map of this site is found on the Wetlands International site, a digital version may viewed on WetlandMaps.

The federal Department of the Environment also provides an information sheet on the Great Sandy Strait Ramsar site.

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Based on wetland mapping version 4.0

Great Sandy Strait Ramsar internationally important wetland wetland area by system 2013
System Area (km�) % wetlands area % total area
Total 203.2 100.0% 24.3%
Artificial and highly modified 0.3 0.1% 0.0%
Estuarine 165.6 81.5% 19.8%
Palustrine 37.3 18.4% 4.5%
Riverine 0.1 0.0% 0.0%

There are approximately 125 lacustrine/palustrine wetlands in this region.

Great Sandy Strait Ramsar internationally important wetland wetland area by habitat 2013
Habitat Area (km�) % wetlands area % total area
Total 203.2 100.0% 24.3%
Estuarine - mangroves and related tree communities 130.4 64.2% 15.6%
Estuarine - salt flats and saltmarshes 35.1 17.3% 4.2%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 7.4 3.7% 0.9%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain wet heath swamp 14.2 7.0% 1.7%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain grass sedge and herb swamp 11.7 5.8% 1.4%
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 3.7 1.8% 0.4%
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain wet heath swamp 0.2 0.1% 0.0%
Artificial and highly modified wetlands (dams, ring tanks, irrigation channels) 0.3 0.1% 0.0%
Riverine 0.1 0.0% 0.0%

Disclaimer

Areas do not include marine or estuarine waters but do include estuarine wetland vegetation
(e.g. mangroves and tidal flats).

Areas are approximate and calculated using the GDA94 / Australian Albers projection.

Areas may change over time as mapping approaches improve.

Totals may not match the sum of individually displayed figures due to the rounding of displayed figures.

Wetland extent changes

Great Sandy Strait Ramsar internationally important wetland wetland extent change by system
System 2013 area
(km�)
2009 area
(km�)
2005 area
(km�)
2001 area
(km�)
2013/pre-clear
percentage
Total 203.2 203.2 203.2 203.2 99.5%
Artificial and highly modified 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3 n/a
Estuarine 165.6 165.6 165.6 165.6 99.8%
Palustrine 37.3 37.3 37.3 37.3 98.1%
Riverine 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 n/a
Great Sandy Strait Ramsar internationally important wetland wetland extent change by habitat
Habitat 2013 area
(km�)
2009 area
(km�)
2005 area
(km�)
2001 area
(km�)
Total 203.2 203.2 203.2 203.2
Estuarine - mangroves and related tree communities 130.4 130.4 130.4 130.4
Estuarine - salt flats and saltmarshes 35.1 35.1 35.1 35.1
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 7.4 7.4 7.4 7.4
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain wet heath swamp 14.2 14.2 14.2 14.2
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain grass sedge and herb swamp 11.7 11.7 11.7 11.7
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 3.7 3.7 3.7 3.7
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain wet heath swamp 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2
Artificial and highly modified wetlands (dams, ring tanks, irrigation channels) 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3
Riverine 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1

Disclaimer

Areas do not include marine or estuarine waters but do include estuarine wetland vegetation
(e.g. mangroves and tidal flats).

Areas are approximate and calculated using the GDA94 / Australian Albers projection.

Areas may change over time as mapping approaches improve.

Totals may not match the sum of individually displayed figures due to the rounding of displayed figures.

Wildlife

Kingdom
Class
Native Introduced Wetland
indicator
species
Rare or
threatened
species
All
TOTAL 1607 113 269 59 1729
Animals 555 22 136 41 586
Mammals 70 10 5 8 80
Birds 335 7 83 19 351
Reptiles 76 1 11 7 77
Amphibians 29 1 12 4 30
Ray-finned fishes 21 3 24 2 24
Cartilaginous fishes 1 0 1 0 1
Insects 21 0 0 1 21
Malacostracans 2 0 0 0 2
Fungi 156 0 0 0 156
Plants 836 91 133 18 927
Protists 60 0 0 0 60

Note: Wildlife statistics are based on information that has been submitted to the EHP WildNet database and converted to a 10km² grid. The grid information has been intersected with the mapping polygons to determine the species lists. Click here to view the species grid metadata.

Information from WildNet can also be accessed via Wildlife Online and WetlandMaps.

Rare or threatened includes species listed as extinct, extinct in the wild, critically endangered, endangered, vulnerable or conservation dependent under either the Nature Conservation Act or Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act

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Great Sandy Strait Ramsar internationally important wetland — facts and maps, WetlandInfo, Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, Queensland, viewed 18 June 2016, <http://wetlandinfo.ehp.qld.gov.au/wetlands/facts-maps/ramsar-wetland-great-sandy-strait/>.

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