The Pumicestone Passage is a shallow enclosed waterway located between the mainland and Bribie Island.
Under the influence of the tides this shallow narrow water body provides a wide range of habitat types including salt marshes, mud flats, seagrass beds and extensive mangrove systems including the largest area of orange mangrove (Bruguiera gymnorhiza) in South East Queensland.
These habitat types support a wide range of plant and animal species including endangered species such as dugong (Dugon dugong), loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta), green turtles (Chelonia mydas) and the water mouse (Xeromys myoides). The Pumicestone Passage is home to a large number of bird species with over 370 species known to occur in the area including more than 50 migratory species protected under international treaties.
The Passage is part of the Moreton Bay Marine Park and sections of it are gazetted fish habitat areas recognising its importance as a breeding ground for fish species of both commercial and recreational interest.
The Pumicestone Passage contains one of the largest mangrove and saltmarsh communities of southern Queensland. These mangroves are essential to both the recreational and commercial fisheries in Queensland with around 75% of fish caught spending some time of their life living and feeding in mangroves.
Mangroves are uniquely adapted trees that have successfully inhabited the tidal sea edge for more than 50 million years.
Apart from holding our shorelines against winds and waves, offering shelter and food to the marine ecosystem.
Did you know that mangroves, seagrass and saltmarsh can store more than eight times the carbon stored by terrestrial plants?
The Pumicestone Passage has been recognised as an internationally significant wetland and is protected under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.