This site is located on an intertidal sandflat 1.5km from Shelly Beach, the popular recreational boat ramp. The site is firm and sandy with broken shell throughout. Monitoring was initiated in 2009.
Mud content and macrofauna are sampled every three months. The site has low mud content and is in good ecological health, although there have been increases in mud content since monitoring began.
This dashboard shows information on the data collected by the regional councils and unitary authorities for the Estuary health scientific indicators, click the tiles for more information:
The Estuary Macrofauna Score is based on the composition of the macrofaunal community and tells us how impacted the monitored site is by mud (via a Mud Benthic Health Model). The calculated scores are continuous and represent a gradient of impact. Low scores indicate low impacts from mud (good health), whereas high scores indicate high impact (poor health). Scores are converted into one of five categories for visualisation and to easily compare sites, however the thresholds between categories do not necessarily reflect breakpoints in ecological condition. See the Estuary macrofauna factsheet for more information.
Mud content refers to the amount of fine silt and clay particles (collectively called ‘mud’) that are present in the estuary sandflats. This figure shows (mean) annual mud content measured at the monitoring site. The annual values are assessed against custom, national guidelines that indicate increasingly negative impacts on the macrofaunal community.
Ecology is not negatively impacted.
The diversity of the macrofauna community is slightly reduced.
The diversity of the macrofauna community is reduced and less resilient to disturbance.
The macrofauna community is unbalanced and dominated by a small number of tolerant species.
The macrofauna community is degraded.