Deluge Inlet, a pristine small tropical estuary in north-eastern Australia

Sheaves, Marcus, Abrantes, Kátya G., and Johnston, Ross (2014) Deluge Inlet, a pristine small tropical estuary in north-eastern Australia. In: Wolanski, Eric, (ed.) Estuaries of Australia in 2050 and Beyond. Estuaries of the World . Springer, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, pp. 261-275.

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Deluge Inlet is a small, tide-dominated estuary on Australia's north-east tropical coast, located in the central part of the Hinchinbrook Island National Park, Australia's largest island National Park. It is situated in Australia's humid tropical zone, and experiences an intense summer wet season and regular impacts of tropical cyclones. Protection by National Parks, World Heritage and Wild Rivers legislation means it remains in near pristine condition. Deluge Inlet sports substantial biodiversity in the form of extensive mangrove forests, seagrass beds, and complex marine mammal, reptile, fish and invertebrate assemblages, all supported by a mosaic of highly interconnected habitat types. The mix of habitats and rich biodiversity makes Deluge Inlet an important nursery for many species, and supports complex food webs. Current threats are from increasing fishing and boating pressure, and effective governance will be needed to ensure Deluge Inlet remains in near-pristine condition into the future.

Item ID: 28426
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
Keywords: estuarine assemblages; fish distribution; invertebrate distribution; food webs; biodiversity; human impact
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ISBN: 978-94-007-7019-5
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2014 06:40
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060205 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl Marine Ichthyology) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960503 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Coastal and Estuarine Environments @ 100%
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