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Moreton Bay Ramsar internationally important wetland

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Overview

Covering more than 110,000ha, the Moreton Bay Ramsar site is extremely varied, ranging from perched freshwater lakes and sedge swamps on the offshore sand islands, to intertidal mudflats, marshes, sandflats and mangroves next to the Bay’s islands and the mainland. This variety enhances the Bay’s biological diversity with an overlap of wildlife species normally considered tropical or temperate.

Protecting and managing Ramsar sites requires a collaborative effort. Federal, state and local governments work together with natural resource management groups, private industry, Traditional Owners, landholders and the community to care for the sites and the values they support. This often involves conducting management activities in surrounding areas that impact upon the Ramsar site and its values.

Moreton Island, on the eastern boundary of Moreton Bay, is the most intact offshore sand island in South East Queensland. Most of it is national park. For further information see the Moreton Island National Park, Cape Moreton Conservation Park & Moreton Island Recreation Area Management Plan.

Moreton Bay was listed as a Ramsar site on 22 October 1993.

For more information, or to download the fact sheets:

The Moreton Bay 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 Moreton Bay Ramsar site.

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Based on wetland mapping version 4.0

Moreton Bay Ramsar internationally important wetland wetland area by system 2013
System Area (km²) % wetlands area % total area
Total 234.3 100.0% 19.5%
Artificial and highly modified 0.2 0.1% 0.0%
Estuarine 147.3 62.9% 12.2%
Lacustrine 1.1 0.5% 0.1%
Palustrine 85.7 36.6% 7.1%

There are approximately 236 lacustrine/palustrine wetlands in this region.

Moreton Bay Ramsar internationally important wetland wetland area by habitat 2013
Habitat Area (km²) % wetlands area % total area
Total 234.3 100.0% 19.5%
Estuarine - mangroves and related tree communities 120.4 51.4% 10.0%
Estuarine - salt flats and saltmarshes 27.0 11.5% 2.2%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 25.4 10.9% 2.1%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain wet heath swamp 0.9 0.4% 0.1%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain grass sedge and herb swamp 38.1 16.3% 3.2%
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 21.1 9.0% 1.8%
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain wet heath swamp 0.0 0.0% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain grass, sedge, herb swamp 0.1 0.0% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain sand lake—Window 0.8 0.3% 0.1%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain sand lake—Perched 0.4 0.2% 0.0%
Artificial and highly modified wetlands (dams, ring tanks, irrigation channels) 0.2 0.1% 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

Moreton Bay Ramsar internationally important wetland wetland extent change by system
System 2013 area
(km²)
2009 area
(km²)
2005 area
(km²)
2001 area
(km²)
2013/pre-clear
percentage
Total 234.3 234.3 234.3 234.3 98.8%
Artificial and highly modified 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2 n/a
Estuarine 147.3 147.3 147.3 147.3 99.4%
Lacustrine 1.1 1.1 1.1 1.1 99.8%
Palustrine 85.7 85.7 85.7 85.7 97.7%
Riverine 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 100.0%
Moreton Bay Ramsar internationally important wetland wetland extent change by habitat
Habitat 2013 area
(km²)
2009 area
(km²)
2005 area
(km²)
2001 area
(km²)
Total 234.3 234.3 234.3 234.3
Estuarine - mangroves and related tree communities 120.4 120.4 120.4 120.4
Estuarine - salt flats and saltmarshes 27.0 27.0 27.0 27.0
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 25.4 25.4 25.4 25.4
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain wet heath swamp 0.9 0.9 0.9 0.9
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain grass sedge and herb swamp 38.1 38.1 38.1 38.1
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 21.1 21.1 21.1 21.1
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain wet heath swamp 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain grass, sedge, herb swamp 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain sand lake—Window 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.8
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain sand lake—Perched 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4
Artificial and highly modified wetlands (dams, ring tanks, irrigation channels) 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2

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 3441 619 469 110 4095
Animals 882 36 204 68 953
Mammals 102 15 9 11 117
Birds 454 11 92 33 500
Reptiles 97 1 15 8 98
Amphibians 38 1 16 7 39
Lobe-finned fishes 1 0 1 1 1
Ray-finned fishes 46 8 54 2 54
Cartilaginous fishes 15 0 15 2 15
Lampreys 1 0 1 0 1
Insects 123 0 1 3 123
Malacostracans 4 0 0 1 4
Snails 1 0 0 0 1
Fungi 443 0 0 0 443
Plants 1702 583 265 42 2285
Protists 414 0 0 0 414

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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This page should be cited as:

Moreton Bay Ramsar internationally important wetland — facts and maps, WetlandInfo, Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, Queensland, viewed 8 September 2016, <http://wetlandinfo.ehp.qld.gov.au/wetlands/facts-maps/ramsar-wetland-moreton-bay/>.

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