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Moreton Bay Ramsar internationally important wetland

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Moreton Bay, Photo by Gary Cranitch copyright Queensland Museum
 
Moreton Bay, Photo by Gary Cranitch copyright Queensland Museum
 
Moreton Bay, Photo by Gary Cranitch copyright Queensland Museum
 
Moreton Bay, Photo by Gary Cranitch copyright Queensland Museum

The international importance of wetland areas within Moreton Bay was recognised with parts of the Bay and surrounds being designated as a Ramsar site in 1993. Covering more than 120,000ha, 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, coral reefs, seagrass beds 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.

The site contains extensive intertidal areas that are valuable for supporting waterbirds and fauna of conservation significance, as well as providing important nursery conditions for fish and crustaceans.

Further information about the wetland values and management of the site can be found in the documents below:

The Moreton Bay Ramsar Information Sheet describes the boundary of the site and outlines justification for the listing. The RIS also describes the ecological character, threats, conservation measures and use of the site.

Moreton Bay—a wetland of international importance provides a summary of the values of the site.

Protecting and managing Ramsar sites is 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.

Relevant protected area management plans can be found here and information on the Moreton Bay Marine Park can be found here. A full list of the areas covered by protected areas and council reserves are available through the Ramsar Information Sheet.

Additional resources can be found at the following links:

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

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Moreton Bay Ramsar internationally important wetland wetland area by system 2019
System Area (ha) % wetlands area % total area
Total 23,371 100.0% 19.4%
Artificial and highly modified < 1 0.0% 0.0%
Intertidal (saltmarsh, saltflats, mangroves) (natural) 14,580 62.4% 12.1%
Intertidal (saltmarsh, saltflats, mangroves) (slightly modified) 1 0.0% 0.0%
Lacustrine (natural) 409 1.8% 0.3%
Lacustrine (slightly modified) < 1 0.0% 0.0%
Palustrine (natural) 8,361 35.8% 6.9%
Palustrine (slightly modified) < 1 0.0% 0.0%
Riverine 19 0.1% 0.0%
Intertidal (saltmarsh, saltflats, mangroves) (highly modified) 0 0.0% 0.0%
Intertidal (saltmarsh, saltflats, mangroves) (natural) 14,580 62.4% 12.1%
Intertidal (saltmarsh, saltflats, mangroves) (slightly modified) 1 0.0% 0.0%
Lacustrine (artificial) < 1 0.0% 0.0%
Lacustrine (highly modified) < 1 0.0% 0.0%
Lacustrine (natural) 409 1.8% 0.3%
Lacustrine (slightly modified) < 1 0.0% 0.0%
Palustrine (artificial) 0 0.0% 0.0%
Palustrine (highly modified) 0 0.0% 0.0%
Palustrine (natural) 8,361 35.8% 6.9%
Palustrine (slightly modified) < 1 0.0% 0.0%
Riverine (artificial) 0 0.0% 0.0%
Riverine (highly modified) 0 0.0% 0.0%
Riverine (natural) 19 0.1% 0.0%
Riverine (slightly modified) 0 0.0% 0.0%
Moreton Bay Ramsar internationally important wetland wetland area by habitat 2019
Habitat Area (ha) % wetlands area % total area
Total 23,308 100.0% 19.3%
Mangroves - Casuarina 605 2.6% 0.5%
Mangroves - other 11,587 49.7% 9.6%
Salt marsh and salt flats 2,346 10.1% 1.9%
Arid and semi-arid saline lake 0 0.0% 0.0%
Arid and semi-arid floodplain lake 0 0.0% 0.0%
Arid and semi-arid other non-floodplain lake 0 0.0% 0.0%
Arid and semi-arid non-floodplain clay plan lake 0 0.0% 0.0%
Arid and semi-arid permanently inundated lake 0 0.0% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain lake 0 0.0% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain rock lake 0 0.0% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain sand (window) lake 251 1.1% 0.2%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain sand (perched) lake 158 0.7% 0.1%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain soil lake 0 0.0% 0.0%
Arid and semi-arid saline swamp 0 0.0% 0.0%
Arid and semi-arid floodplain tree swamp 0 0.0% 0.0%
Arid and semi-arid floodplain shrub swamp 0 0.0% 0.0%
Arid and semi-arid floodplain grass, sedge and herb swamp 0 0.0% 0.0%
Arid and semi-arid non-floodplain tree swamp 0 0.0% 0.0%
Arid and semi-arid non-floodplain shrub swamp 0 0.0% 0.0%
Arid and semi-arid non-floodplain grass, sedge and herb swamp 0 0.0% 0.0%
Arid and semi-arid other non-floodplain swamp 0 0.0% 0.0%
Arid and semi-arid Great Artesian Basin fed spring swamp 0 0.0% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain tree (Melaleuca and Eucalypt) swamp 2,614 11.2% 2.2%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain wet heath swamp 567 2.4% 0.5%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain grass, sedge, and herb swamp 3,048 13.1% 2.5%
Coastal and sub-coastal other non-floodplain swamp 0 0.0% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain tree (Melaleuca and Eucalypt) swamp 2,095 9.0% 1.7%
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain grass, sedge, and herb swamp 33 0.1% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain wet heath swamp 3 0.0% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal other floodplain swamp 0 0.0% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal tree (palm) swamp 0 0.0% 0.0%
Unknown - Swamp - Arid and semi-arid 0 0.0% 0.0%
Unknown - Swamp - Coastal and sub-coastal 0 0.0% 0.0%
Mangroves - Casuarina (natural) 605 2.6% 0.5%
Mangroves - Casuarina (slightly modified) < 1 0.0% 0.0%
Mangroves - other (natural) 11,586 49.7% 9.6%
Mangroves - other (slightly modified) < 1 0.0% 0.0%
Salt marsh and salt flats (natural) 2,346 10.1% 1.9%
Salt marsh and salt flats (slightly modified) < 1 0.0% 0.0%
Arid and semi-arid saline lake (natural) 0 0.0% 0.0%
Arid and semi-arid saline lake (slightly modified) 0 0.0% 0.0%
Arid and semi-arid floodplain lake (natural) 0 0.0% 0.0%
Arid and semi-arid floodplain lake (slightly modified) 0 0.0% 0.0%
Arid and semi-arid other non-floodplain lake (natural) 0 0.0% 0.0%
Arid and semi-arid non-floodplain clay plan lake (natural) 0 0.0% 0.0%
Arid and semi-arid permanently inundated lake (slightly modified) 0 0.0% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain lake (natural) 0 0.0% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain lake (slightly modified) 0 0.0% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain rock lake (natural) 0 0.0% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain rock lake (slightly modified) 0 0.0% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain sand (window) lake (natural) 251 1.1% 0.2%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain sand (window) lake (slightly modified) 0 0.0% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain sand (perched) lake (natural) 158 0.7% 0.1%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain soil lake (natural) 0 0.0% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain soil lake (slightly modified) 0 0.0% 0.0%
Arid and semi-arid saline swamp (natural) 0 0.0% 0.0%
Arid and semi-arid saline swamp (slightly modified) 0 0.0% 0.0%
Arid and semi-arid floodplain tree swamp (natural) 0 0.0% 0.0%
Arid and semi-arid floodplain tree swamp (slightly modified) 0 0.0% 0.0%
Arid and semi-arid floodplain shrub swamp (natural) 0 0.0% 0.0%
Arid and semi-arid floodplain shrub swamp (slightly modified) 0 0.0% 0.0%
Arid and semi-arid floodplain grass, sedge and herb swamp (natural) 0 0.0% 0.0%
Arid and semi-arid floodplain grass, sedge and herb swamp (slightly modified) 0 0.0% 0.0%
Arid and semi-arid non-floodplain tree swamp (natural) 0 0.0% 0.0%
Arid and semi-arid non-floodplain tree swamp (slightly modified) 0 0.0% 0.0%
Arid and semi-arid non-floodplain shrub swamp (natural) 0 0.0% 0.0%
Arid and semi-arid non-floodplain shrub swamp (slightly modified) 0 0.0% 0.0%
Arid and semi-arid non-floodplain grass, sedge and herb swamp (natural) 0 0.0% 0.0%
Arid and semi-arid non-floodplain grass, sedge and herb swamp (slightly modified) 0 0.0% 0.0%
Arid and semi-arid other non-floodplain swamp (natural) 0 0.0% 0.0%
Arid and semi-arid other non-floodplain swamp (slightly modified) 0 0.0% 0.0%
Arid and semi-arid Great Artesian Basin fed spring swamp (natural) 0 0.0% 0.0%
Arid and semi-arid Great Artesian Basin fed spring swamp (slightly modified) 0 0.0% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain tree (Melaleuca and Eucalypt) swamp (natural) 2,614 11.2% 2.2%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain tree (Melaleuca and Eucalypt) swamp (slightly modified) 0 0.0% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain wet heath swamp (natural) 567 2.4% 0.5%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain wet heath swamp (slightly modified) 0 0.0% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain grass, sedge, and herb swamp (natural) 3,048 13.1% 2.5%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain grass, sedge, and herb swamp (slightly modified) 0 0.0% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal other non-floodplain swamp (natural) 0 0.0% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal other non-floodplain swamp (slightly modified) 0 0.0% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain tree (Melaleuca and Eucalypt) swamp (natural) 2,095 9.0% 1.7%
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain tree (Melaleuca and Eucalypt) swamp (slightly modified) < 1 0.0% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain grass, sedge, and herb swamp (natural) 33 0.1% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain grass, sedge, and herb swamp (slightly modified) 0 0.0% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain wet heath swamp (natural) 3 0.0% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain wet heath swamp (slightly modified) 0 0.0% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal other floodplain swamp (natural) 0 0.0% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal other floodplain swamp (slightly modified) 0 0.0% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal tree (palm) swamp (natural) 0 0.0% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal tree (palm) swamp (slightly modified) 0 0.0% 0.0%
Unknown - Swamp - Arid and semi-arid (natural) 0 0.0% 0.0%
Unknown - Swamp - Arid and semi-arid (slightly modified) 0 0.0% 0.0%
Unknown - Swamp - Coastal and sub-coastal (natural) 0 0.0% 0.0%
Unknown - Swamp - Coastal and sub-coastal (slightly modified) 0 0.0% 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

Moreton Bay Ramsar internationally important wetland wetland extent change by system
System 2019 area
(ha)
2017 area
(ha)
2013 area
(ha)
2009 area
(ha)
2005 area
(ha)
2001 area
(ha)
pre-clear area
(ha)
2019/pre-clear
percentage
Total 23,371 23,372 23,372 23,372 23,373 23,369 23,463 * 99.6%
Artificial and highly modified < 1 < 1 < 1 < 1 < 1 < 1 0 n/a
Intertidal (saltmarsh, saltflats, mangroves) (natural) 14,580 14,580 14,581 14,581 14,582 14,577 14,550 100.2%
Intertidal (saltmarsh, saltflats, mangroves) (slightly modified) 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 n/a
Lacustrine (natural) 409 409 409 409 409 409 409 100.0%
Lacustrine (slightly modified) < 1 < 1 < 1 < 1 < 1 < 1 0 n/a
Palustrine (natural) 8,361 8,361 8,361 8,361 8,361 8,361 8,482 98.6%
Palustrine (slightly modified) < 1 < 1 < 1 < 1 < 1 < 1 0 n/a
Riverine 19 19 19 19 19 19 21 89.8%
Intertidal (saltmarsh, saltflats, mangroves) (highly modified) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a
Intertidal (saltmarsh, saltflats, mangroves) (natural) 14,580 14,580 14,581 14,581 14,582 14,577 14,550 100.2%
Intertidal (saltmarsh, saltflats, mangroves) (slightly modified) 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 n/a
Lacustrine (artificial) < 1 < 1 < 1 < 1 < 1 < 1 0 n/a
Lacustrine (highly modified) < 1 < 1 < 1 < 1 < 1 < 1 0 n/a
Lacustrine (natural) 409 409 409 409 409 409 409 100.0%
Lacustrine (slightly modified) < 1 < 1 < 1 < 1 < 1 < 1 0 n/a
Palustrine (artificial) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a
Palustrine (highly modified) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a
Palustrine (natural) 8,361 8,361 8,361 8,361 8,361 8,361 8,482 98.6%
Palustrine (slightly modified) < 1 < 1 < 1 < 1 < 1 < 1 0 n/a
Riverine (artificial) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a
Riverine (highly modified) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a
Riverine (natural) 19 19 19 19 19 19 21 89.8%
Riverine (slightly modified) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a

* Total 2019/pre-clear percentage excludes artificial and highly modified

Moreton Bay Ramsar internationally important wetland wetland extent change by habitat
Habitat 2019 area
(ha)
2017 area
(ha)
2013 area
(ha)
2009 area
(ha)
2005 area
(ha)
2001 area
(ha)
Total 23,308 23,309 23,309 23,309 23,311 23,306
Mangroves - Casuarina 605 605 605 605 605 604
Mangroves - other 11,587 11,587 11,588 11,588 11,590 11,586
Salt marsh and salt flats 2,346 2,346 2,346 2,346 2,346 2,346
Arid and semi-arid saline lake 0 0 0 0 0 0
Arid and semi-arid floodplain lake 0 0 0 0 0 0
Arid and semi-arid other non-floodplain lake 0 0 0 0 0 0
Arid and semi-arid non-floodplain clay plan lake 0 0 0 0 0 0
Arid and semi-arid permanently inundated lake 0 0 0 0 0 0
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain lake 0 0 0 0 0 0
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain rock lake 0 0 0 0 0 0
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain sand (window) lake 251 251 251 251 251 251
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain sand (perched) lake 158 158 158 158 158 158
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain soil lake 0 0 0 0 0 0
Arid and semi-arid saline swamp 0 0 0 0 0 0
Arid and semi-arid floodplain tree swamp 0 0 0 0 0 0
Arid and semi-arid floodplain shrub swamp 0 0 0 0 0 0
Arid and semi-arid floodplain grass, sedge and herb swamp 0 0 0 0 0 0
Arid and semi-arid non-floodplain tree swamp 0 0 0 0 0 0
Arid and semi-arid non-floodplain shrub swamp 0 0 0 0 0 0
Arid and semi-arid non-floodplain grass, sedge and herb swamp 0 0 0 0 0 0
Arid and semi-arid other non-floodplain swamp 0 0 0 0 0 0
Arid and semi-arid Great Artesian Basin fed spring swamp 0 0 0 0 0 0
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain tree (Melaleuca and Eucalypt) swamp 2,614 2,614 2,614 2,614 2,614 2,614
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain wet heath swamp 567 567 568 568 568 568
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain grass, sedge, and herb swamp 3,048 3,048 3,048 3,048 3,048 3,048
Coastal and sub-coastal other non-floodplain swamp 0 0 0 0 0 0
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain tree (Melaleuca and Eucalypt) swamp 2,095 2,095 2,094 2,094 2,094 2,095
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain grass, sedge, and herb swamp 33 33 33 33 33 33
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain wet heath swamp 3 3 3 3 3 3
Coastal and sub-coastal other floodplain swamp 0 0 0 0 0 0
Coastal and sub-coastal tree (palm) swamp 0 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown - Swamp - Arid and semi-arid 0 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown - Swamp - Coastal and sub-coastal 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mangroves - Casuarina (natural) 605 605 605 605 605 604
Mangroves - Casuarina (slightly modified) < 1 < 1 < 1 < 1 < 1 < 1
Mangroves - other (natural) 11,586 11,586 11,587 11,587 11,589 11,585
Mangroves - other (slightly modified) < 1 < 1 < 1 < 1 < 1 < 1
Salt marsh and salt flats (natural) 2,346 2,346 2,346 2,346 2,345 2,345
Salt marsh and salt flats (slightly modified) < 1 < 1 < 1 < 1 < 1 < 1
Arid and semi-arid saline lake (natural) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Arid and semi-arid saline lake (slightly modified) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Arid and semi-arid floodplain lake (natural) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Arid and semi-arid floodplain lake (slightly modified) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Arid and semi-arid other non-floodplain lake (natural) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Arid and semi-arid non-floodplain clay plan lake (natural) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Arid and semi-arid permanently inundated lake (slightly modified) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain lake (natural) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain lake (slightly modified) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain rock lake (natural) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain rock lake (slightly modified) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain sand (window) lake (natural) 251 251 251 251 251 251
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain sand (window) lake (slightly modified) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain sand (perched) lake (natural) 158 158 158 158 158 158
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain soil lake (natural) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain soil lake (slightly modified) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Arid and semi-arid saline swamp (natural) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Arid and semi-arid saline swamp (slightly modified) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Arid and semi-arid floodplain tree swamp (natural) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Arid and semi-arid floodplain tree swamp (slightly modified) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Arid and semi-arid floodplain shrub swamp (natural) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Arid and semi-arid floodplain shrub swamp (slightly modified) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Arid and semi-arid floodplain grass, sedge and herb swamp (natural) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Arid and semi-arid floodplain grass, sedge and herb swamp (slightly modified) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Arid and semi-arid non-floodplain tree swamp (natural) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Arid and semi-arid non-floodplain tree swamp (slightly modified) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Arid and semi-arid non-floodplain shrub swamp (natural) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Arid and semi-arid non-floodplain shrub swamp (slightly modified) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Arid and semi-arid non-floodplain grass, sedge and herb swamp (natural) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Arid and semi-arid non-floodplain grass, sedge and herb swamp (slightly modified) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Arid and semi-arid other non-floodplain swamp (natural) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Arid and semi-arid other non-floodplain swamp (slightly modified) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Arid and semi-arid Great Artesian Basin fed spring swamp (natural) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Arid and semi-arid Great Artesian Basin fed spring swamp (slightly modified) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain tree (Melaleuca and Eucalypt) swamp (natural) 2,614 2,614 2,614 2,614 2,614 2,614
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain tree (Melaleuca and Eucalypt) swamp (slightly modified) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain wet heath swamp (natural) 567 567 568 568 568 568
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain wet heath swamp (slightly modified) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain grass, sedge, and herb swamp (natural) 3,048 3,048 3,048 3,048 3,048 3,048
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain grass, sedge, and herb swamp (slightly modified) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Coastal and sub-coastal other non-floodplain swamp (natural) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Coastal and sub-coastal other non-floodplain swamp (slightly modified) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain tree (Melaleuca and Eucalypt) swamp (natural) 2,095 2,095 2,094 2,094 2,094 2,095
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain tree (Melaleuca and Eucalypt) swamp (slightly modified) < 1 < 1 < 1 < 1 < 1 < 1
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain grass, sedge, and herb swamp (natural) 33 33 33 33 33 33
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain grass, sedge, and herb swamp (slightly modified) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain wet heath swamp (natural) 3 3 3 3 3 3
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain wet heath swamp (slightly modified) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Coastal and sub-coastal other floodplain swamp (natural) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Coastal and sub-coastal other floodplain swamp (slightly modified) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Coastal and sub-coastal tree (palm) swamp (natural) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Coastal and sub-coastal tree (palm) swamp (slightly modified) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown - Swamp - Arid and semi-arid (natural) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown - Swamp - Arid and semi-arid (slightly modified) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown - Swamp - Coastal and sub-coastal (natural) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown - Swamp - Coastal and sub-coastal (slightly modified) 0 0 0 0 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.

Wildlife

Kingdom
Class
Native Introduced Wetland
indicator
species
Rare or
threatened
species
All
TOTAL 3,751 673 516 131 4,424
Animals 988 43 257 82 1,031
Mammals 107 16 9 12 123
Birds 495 11 101 43 506
Reptiles 108 2 16 8 110
Amphibians 39 1 17 7 40
Lobe-finned fishes 1 0 1 1 1
Ray-finned fishes 55 10 64 4 65
Cartilaginous fishes 19 0 19 2 19
Lampreys 1 0 1 0 1
Insects 154 3 29 3 157
Malacostracans 8 0 0 2 8
Snails 1 0 0 0 1
Bacteria 33 0 0 0 33
Chromists 71 0 0 0 71
Fungi 549 0 0 0 549
Plants 2,107 630 259 49 2,737
Protozoans 3 0 0 0 3

Note: Wildlife statistics are based on information that has been submitted to the DESI 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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Department of Environment, Science and Innovation, Queensland (2019) Moreton Bay Ramsar internationally important wetland — facts and maps, WetlandInfo website, accessed 15 May 2024. Available at: https://wetlandinfo.des.qld.gov.au/wetlands/facts-maps/ramsar-wetland-moreton-bay/

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