Reducing threats and restoring habitat in the Moreton Bay Ramsar Wetland
Healthy Land and Water is delivering a range of activities to reduce threats and restore habitat in and around the Moreton Bay Ramsar site, as part of the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program and in partnership with communities, Traditional Owners, private landowners and governments across the region.
Extending from the foreshores of Brisbane, Moreton Bay is internationally recognised as a Ramsar Wetland for its biodiversity and ecological significance.
Actions being delivered
A range of projects are being delivered under the Moreton Bay Ramsar Wetland project, including coastal habitat restoration, shellfish reef creation, erosion management, marine debris removal and feral animal control.
These projects will reduce threats and restore habitat in and around the Moreton Bay Ramsar site.
- Curlew Island Restoration
- Coochiemudlo Island Wetland Restoration
- Coombabah Wetland Restoration
- Nathan Rd Wetland Restoration
- Woorim Beach Dune Restoration
- Ransome Reserve Saltmarsh Restoration
- Hays Inlet Saltmarsh Restoration
- Pumicestone Shellfish Habitat Restoration
- T.S. Onslow Shoreline Management
- Feral pest control on Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island)
- Pig Control on Mulgumpin (Moreton Island)
- Domestic Dog Control on Mulgumpin (Moreton Island)
- Moreton Bay Marine Debris Removal
- Pumicestone Erosion Control project
- Cultural Heritage Landscapes on Bribie Island
The project is being delivered alongside project delivery partners including private landowners, land managers, local Landcare groups and Traditional Owners.
This project is supported by Healthy Land and Water, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.
About the Moreton Bay Ramsar Wetland
Moreton Bay was listed as an internationally important wetland under the Ramsar Convention in 1993.
Covering more than 120,000 hectares, the Moreton Bay Ramsar site includes many different coastal habitats and environments from freshwater wetlands, beaches, mud flats, saltmarsh, mangroves, coral reefs and seagrass beds.
The Bay’s diversity of wetlands provides habitat for more than 750 species of fish, and the marine environment supports a high diversity of marine mammals including eight species of dolphin, five species of whale, and the dugong. All six marine turtle species known to exist in Australia are also found in Moreton Bay. It supports more than 50,000 wetland birds, including 28 species of migratory birds that travel from around the world to feed and roost.
The Bay’s Traditional Owners include the Kabi Kabi, Jagera, Turrbal, Yugambeh, and Quandamooka people. The area has many archaeological sites, some of which show evidence of Aboriginal people’s presence dating back 20,000 years. Traditional Owners today maintain social and cultural connections to the region.
What is Ramsar?
The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance is an international treaty that provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources. Ramsar is the Iranian City where the Convention was adopted in 1971.