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Shoalwater and Corio Bays Area Ramsar internationally important wetland

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Overview

This page contains direct links to information specific to the Shoalwater and Corio Bays Area Ramsar Site. Many wetland types are found in the Shoalwater Bay and Corio Bay area.

They include:

  • fringing coral reefs
  • shallow open water with seagrass beds
  • rocky shores, beaches and sandbars
  • intertidal mudflats and sandflats
  • mangrove forests and melaleuca woodland
  • freshwater lagoons, swamps and streams on elevated sandplains.

Half the wetland types found in Queensland exist in the Shoalwater Bay and Corio Bay area. The wetlands are especially rich in wildlife because tropical and subtropical species overlap in Queensland’s central coast.

Intertidal areas are protected in the Mackay-Capricorn Marine Park and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

An Inventory of Instream Structures Impacting on Ramsar Wetlands shows the location and impacts of structures on the Ramsar site and has a Response Action Plan that nominates specific actions to protect wetland values in Shoalwater and Corio Bay.

The Shoalwater and Corio Bays Area 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 Shoalwater and Corio Bays Area Ramsar site.

Wetland extents info metadata

Based on wetland mapping version 4.0

Shoalwater and Corio Bays Area Ramsar internationally important wetland wetland area by system 2013
System Area (km²) % wetlands area % total area
Total 283.6 100.0% 14.0%
Estuarine 241.0 85.0% 11.9%
Palustrine 29.9 10.5% 1.5%
Riverine 12.7 4.5% 0.6%

There are approximately 202 lacustrine/palustrine wetlands in this region.

Shoalwater and Corio Bays Area Ramsar internationally important wetland wetland area by habitat 2013
Habitat Area (km²) % wetlands area % total area
Total 283.6 100.0% 14.0%
Estuarine - mangroves and related tree communities 214.7 75.7% 10.6%
Estuarine - salt flats and saltmarshes 26.3 9.3% 1.3%
Coastal and sub-coastal saline swamp 2.0 0.7% 0.1%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 15.4 5.4% 0.8%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain wet heath swamp 8.7 3.1% 0.4%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain grass sedge and herb swamp 1.1 0.4% 0.1%
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 2.6 0.9% 0.1%
Riverine 12.7 4.5% 0.6%

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

Shoalwater and Corio Bays Area 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 283.6 283.6 283.6 283.7 100.0%
Estuarine 241.0 241.0 241.0 241.0 100.0%
Palustrine 29.9 29.9 29.9 29.9 100.0%
Riverine 12.7 12.7 12.7 12.7 99.9%
Shoalwater and Corio Bays Area Ramsar internationally important wetland wetland extent change by habitat
Habitat 2013 area
(km²)
2009 area
(km²)
2005 area
(km²)
2001 area
(km²)
Total 283.6 283.6 283.6 283.7
Estuarine - mangroves and related tree communities 214.7 214.7 214.7 214.7
Estuarine - salt flats and saltmarshes 26.3 26.3 26.3 26.3
Coastal and sub-coastal saline swamp 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 15.4 15.4 15.4 15.4
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain wet heath swamp 8.7 8.7 8.7 8.7
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain grass sedge and herb swamp 1.1 1.1 1.1 1.1
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 2.6 2.6 2.6 2.6
Riverine 12.7 12.7 12.7 12.7

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 1351 93 193 21 1455
Animals 424 8 88 16 433
Amphibians 11 1 8 0 12
Birds 265 1 66 8 267
Insects 36 0 0 0 36
Mammals 42 6 2 3 48
Ray-finned fishes 9 0 9 1 9
Reptiles 60 0 3 4 60
Uncertain 1 0 0 0 1
Fungi 17 0 0 0 17
Plants 909 85 105 5 1004
Protists 1 0 0 0 1

Note: Wildlife statistics are based on information that has been submitted to the EHP WildNet database.

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:

Shoalwater and Corio Bays Area Ramsar internationally important wetland — facts and maps, WetlandInfo, Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, Queensland, viewed 7 April 2016, <http://wetlandinfo.ehp.qld.gov.au/wetlands/facts-maps/ramsar-wetland-shoalwater-and-corio-bays-area/>.

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