Tin Can Bay

Lying adjacent to World Heritage Listed Fraser Island, Tin Can Bay forms part of the Great Sandy Marine Park, itself listed as an important wetland under the RAMSAR Convention.

"The Great Sandy Strait is one of the few passage landscapes in Australia. Passage landscapes occur where offshore islands are sufficiently close to the mainland to block the outflow of a substantial river system. This forms a doubleended estuary, characterised by shifting patterns of mangroves, sandbanks and mud islands". Source: Great Sandy Management Plan.

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Tin Can Bay Mangrove Watch Survey Region

Snapper Creek from upstream

Tin Can Bay lies at the southern end of the Great Sandy Straits and is probably better known for Tin Can Inlet and the estuaries that flow into it.

Estuaries surveyed for Mangrove Watch include:

  • Snapper Creek
  • Tee Bar Creek
  • Griffen Creek
  • Carlo Creek
  • Carland Creek
  • Kauri Creek
  • South West Fraser Island

Community Volunteers

A key feature of MangroveWatch is its close partnership between community volunteers and scientists from the James Cook University’s Mangrove Hub. Together they are systematically recording basic data as video and still imagery for assessments of estuarine habitat health.

Armed with expert support, training and advice, MangroveWatch volunteers in key regions are actively contributing to the monitoring of local estuaries and shorelines. An important goal in this phase of the program is to develop a network of like minded groups with the aim of producing public documents that describe important issues affecting local estuaries and mangroves, and their overall health.

Getting Involved

If you would like to find out more about us or if you like to initiate your own MangroveWatch group within your area, please contact someone at the Mangrove Hub. We will be happy to help.

  • Mangrove Hub Facilitator
  • Dr Norm Duke
  • MangroveWatch Ltd
    ABN: 44 153 297 771
  • PO Box 1250,
  • Elanora Q 4221
  • Mangrove Hub Email

Mangrove Watch Brochure

You can download our fact and information sheet (see link below) to get more information about the MangroveWatch programs.

Mangrove Watch Brochure