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What's new World Wetlands Day February 2024?

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New pages and documents

In celebration of the globally-significant World Wetlands Day, the Australian and Queensland governments have released the Reef 2050 Wetlands Strategy to enhance the protection and management of wetlands that provide a crucial role in the functioning of the Great Barrier Reef.


The theme for this year's World Wetlands Day is Wetlands and Human Wellbeing, highlighting the important role of wetlands in supporting environmental and economic prosperity across the world.

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Wonderful wetlands

Download the Queensland’s wonderful wetlands brochure or poster

Wetlands are important for our environment, economy and our livelihoods. They have many functions from reducing floods to producing clean water and food for humans, industry and agriculture. They provide important habitat for many animals and plants. Wetlands are the great ‘connectors’ across our landscape providing places for our enjoyment and relaxation. Regardless of whether you are doing a school or uni assignment, managing a wetland or undertaking research, you will find a wealth of information here on WetlandInfo. Read more…

WetlandInfo feature species

Indo Pacific Tarpon (Megalops cyprinoides), Photo by Geoff Collins

The feature species for November is the Indo Pacific Tarpon (Megalops cyprinoides).

The Indo-Pacific tarpon is an amphidromus fish species found on the coasts off northern Australia, South and Southeast Asia, southern Japan, and French Polynesia.

The tarpon spends its life in both fresh and salt water. During different life stages, the tarpon migrates between the open sea and inland coastal rivers. The tarpon spawns mainly in near shore marine and estuarine areas in the summer wet season, while juveniles venture into coastal streams. They are commonly found near the water surface, often in shallow inshore waters and inhabit coral reefs, mangroves, coastal wetlands, rivers and canals. Tarpon are opportunistic feeders and will eat smaller fish, crustaceans, prawns and some plants, and can be found feeding beneath floating aquatic vegetation. Juveniles feed on plankton.

Tarpon are a large elongate fish with a thread on their single central dorsal fin. Their colour can range from bluish-green to olive-green, and silver on the sides and belly. Their larvae are leptocephalic (flattened, transparent and eel-like). They can supplement their own oxygen supply in low oxygen environments and tolerate a wide pH range (5.2-9.1).

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