Protecting the Values of Our Ramsar Wetlands Shoalwater/Corio Bay
Case study type
Fitzroy Basin Association
Fitzroy River and Coastal Catchments
Australian Defence Force
Six community groups
22 March 2012
30 June 2013
This project will engage the local community to address the accumulation of marine debris on Ramsar Wetland beaches at Shoalwater and Corio Bays and return the beaches to their original ecological value. It has arisen out of a need to add value to an existing project.
Marine debris collects in and around the wetlands by floating on prevailing winds and currents. Recent flooding in the Fitzroy River has exacerbated the problem. Large items of debris can trap wildlife, while smaller fragments containing toxins enter the ecosystem and bioaccumulation.
Project activities include: removing debris, recycling contents, tracking rubbish origins, liaising with Tangoroa Blue to contribute to the national database, and working with government agencies to track illegal dumping of debris. Additionally, ecosystem functionality will be restored to 42ha of Ramsar Habitat.
This project will engage six community groups in addressing marine debris threats to our Ramsar area. In preparation, groundworks have commenced.
In order to address the issue of marine debris, this project will:
Last updated: 26 November 2014
This page should be cited as:
Protecting the Values of Our Ramsar Wetlands Shoalwater/Corio Bay, WetlandInfo 2014, Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, Queensland, viewed 1 February 2017, .