The division of Fisheries has now completed one phase of its estuarine inventory programme for New South Wales. A comprehensive report consisting of a compilation of fisheries-related information and an atlas of estuarine wetlands (mangroves, saltmarshes and seagrasses) for New South Wales will soon be published. This short article concerning mangroves is based on that report.
Mangrove are trees and shrubs growing within the intertidal zone which are important as wildlife habitats and for shoreline stabilization. They represent an indirect food resource and habitat for many commercially and recreationally important fish and crustacean species (State Pollution Control Commission, 1981). For this reason, the Division of Fisheries has mapped mangrove distribution in New South Wales.
The maps are used within the Division to assess the likely affects of development and re-zoning applications, and as an information base supplied on request to local councils conducting Local Environment Studies. In the near future, mangrove distribution maps will be available showing historical changes and site specific studies
How to Cite:
West, R.J., Walford, T.R., Thorogood, C.A. and Williams, R.J., 2010. Mangrove distribution in New South Wales. Wetlands Australia, 4(1), pp.2–6. DOI: http://doi.org/10.31646/wa.79