Abbot Bay Wetlands

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The creek systems of this sub-division are ephemeral, only running for short periods after significant rainfall. The coastal freshwater wetlands are also mostly ephemeral or seasonal. Very little is known about these wetlands ecologically, and any permanent waterholes within the creeks are likely small in size and very vulnerable to disturbance. The Directory of Important Wetlands listing for this area is predominantly based on marine and estuarine wetlands. The freshwater fish fauna of the Don River was surveyed by Hogan and Vallance (1998) in relation to studies examining the possibility of building a water storage on the river. They found that freshwater fish diversity was limited, this probably being attributable to the ephemeral nature of the streams. This area supports a significant horticultural industry, based largely on groundwater extraction. It has and is still being examined for further irrigation development via a channel/pipeline from the Burdekin River. The potential impacts of such development require significant examination but Butler and Lukacs (1998) outlined some issues identified during a preliminary overview of the areas wetlands. Overall, the freshwater wetlands of the area are poorly known, but due to the types of developments that dominate the region (mostly cattle grazing) the departure from natural is considered to be relatively minor.

Abbot Bay Wetland Condition Summary


Sources of data and definitions

ID No. Name Type Permanency of inundation Flushing frequency / flow No of water bodies Prop of water bodies Description
1 The Lake Pal Permanent Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown, DOIW
2 Euri Ck Riv Unknown Ephemeral Zero-few VL Dry ephemeral creek
3 Elliot River Riv Unknown Ephemeral Zero-few VL Dry ephemeral creek
4 Saltwater Creek Riv Unknown Ephemeral Zero-few VL Dry ephemeral creek
5 Abbot Bay coastal wetlands Pal Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown, DOIW


No. Water Quality Aquatic habitat Values Degree of confidence
Departure from natural Functionality Departure from natural Functionality
1 Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown 5
2 Unknown Unknown 2 2 5 4
3 Unknown Unknown 2 2 5 4
4 Unknown Unknown 2 2 5 4
5 Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown 5

References

Related information

Location of Abbot Bay Wetlands
Location of Abbot Bay Wetlands

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