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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.

Information for the East Asian-Australasian Flyway for the Great Sandy Strait.

Wetlands International provides a Ramsar Sites: Directory and Overview for preparing reports on specific aspects of the site.

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Based on wetland mapping version 5.0

Great Sandy Strait Ramsar internationally important wetland wetland area by system 2017
System Area (km²) % wetlands area % total area
Total 203.7 100.0% 24.3%
Artificial and highly modified 0.0 0.0% 0.0%
Estuarine 164.8 80.9% 19.7%
Palustrine 38.8 19.0% 4.6%
Riverine 0.1 0.1% 0.0%

There are approximately 160 lacustrine/palustrine wetlands in this region.

Great Sandy Strait Ramsar internationally important wetland wetland area by habitat 2017
Habitat Area (km²) % wetlands area % total area
Total 203.7 100.0% 24.3%
Estuarine - mangroves and related tree communities 129.5 63.6% 15.5%
Estuarine - salt flats and saltmarshes 35.3 17.3% 4.2%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 8.6 4.2% 1.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain wet heath swamp 13.3 6.5% 1.6%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain grass sedge and herb swamp 12.6 6.2% 1.5%
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%
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain grass, sedge, herb swamp 0.3 0.2% 0.0%
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 0.0 0.0% 0.0%
Riverine 0.1 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).

All statistics are approximate and generated based on data transformed to a customised Albers equal-area projection, thus allowing wetland extent change for different regions of Queensland to be comparable.

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 2017 area
(km²)
2013 area
(km²)
2009 area
(km²)
2005 area
(km²)
2001 area
(km²)
2017/pre-clear
percentage
Total 203.7 203.7 203.7 203.7 203.7 * 99.5%
Artificial and highly modified 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 n/a
Estuarine 164.8 164.8 164.8 164.8 164.8 99.8%
Palustrine 38.8 38.8 38.8 38.8 38.8 98.0%
Riverine 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 n/a

* Total 2017/pre-clear percentage excludes artificial and highly modified

Great Sandy Strait Ramsar internationally important wetland wetland extent change by habitat
Habitat 2017 area
(km²)
2013 area
(km²)
2009 area
(km²)
2005 area
(km²)
2001 area
(km²)
Total 203.7 203.7 203.7 203.7 203.7
Estuarine - mangroves and related tree communities 129.5 129.5 129.5 129.5 129.5
Estuarine - salt flats and saltmarshes 35.3 35.3 35.3 35.3 35.3
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 8.6 8.6 8.6 8.6 8.6
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain wet heath swamp 13.3 13.3 13.3 13.3 13.3
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain grass sedge and herb swamp 12.6 12.6 12.6 12.6 12.6
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 3.7 3.7 3.7 3.7 3.7
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain wet heath swamp 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain grass, sedge, herb swamp 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Riverine 0.1 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).

All statistics are approximate and generated based on data transformed to a customised Albers equal-area projection, thus allowing wetland extent change for different regions of Queensland to be comparable.

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 1702 138 298 71 1876
Animals 590 23 150 51 613
Mammals 72 10 6 9 82
Birds 346 7 83 27 353
Reptiles 80 1 11 7 81
Amphibians 30 1 13 4 31
Ray-finned fishes 26 3 28 2 29
Cartilaginous fishes 2 0 2 1 2
Insects 31 1 7 1 32
Malacostracans 3 0 0 0 3
Bacteria 5 0 0 0 6
Chromists 15 0 0 0 15
Fungi 171 0 0 0 179
Plants 920 115 148 20 1062
Protozoans 1 0 0 0 1

Note: Wildlife statistics are based on information that has been submitted to the DES 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 Science, Queensland, viewed 4 August 2020, <https://wetlandinfo.des.qld.gov.au/wetlands/facts-maps/ramsar-wetland-great-sandy-strait/>.

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