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Moreton Bay

North Stradbroke Island, also known as Minjerribah and Terangeri, and of course Straddie, is on the Eastern edge of Moreton Bay. Large parts of Moreton Bay, including around half of Straddie are included in the Moreton Bay Ramsar site, declared in 1993. It was the first Ramsar protected site in Queensland. The Ramsar Convention for the protection of internationally important wetlands has been signed by 171 nations, including Australia. For detailed information about the Ramsar Convention and to read the agreement see https://www.ramsar.org/sites/default/files/documents/library/handbook1_5ed_introductiontoconvention_e.pdf

The Moreton Bay Ramsar site:
meets all nine criteria for the designation of wetlands of international importance. It is notable for its large size, diversity of wetland habitats, connectivity between wetland types, as well as diverse flora and fauna that includes threatened species and ecological communities. It contains seagrass, sandy and muddy tidal flats and subtidal areas, saltmarsh, mangroves and coral communities, freshwater wetlands, as well as ocean beaches and dunes.
For detailed information about the Moreton Bay Ramsar site, including overview, its location and maps of the site, see http://www.environment.gov.au/cgi-bin/wetlands/ramsardetails.pl?refcode=41

Contracting parties have agreed to a requirement that before deleting or restricting the boundaries of a listed Ramsar site, “urgent national interests” must exist. It is the only justification for removing protection. Yet, the Queensland Government wants to allow a property developer to destroy over 40 hectares (100 acres) of the Moreton Bay Ramsar site at Cleveland. See the Toondah Harbour tab for more information.

The Moreton Bay Marine Park also overlaps with a large part of the Ramsar site. For more information, see https://wetlandinfo.des.qld.gov.au/wetlands/facts-maps/marine-park-moreton-bay/

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Shorebirds near Cleveland
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White-bellied sea eagle and white sails
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Migratory shorebirds near Toondah Harbour