The Western Port Ramsar Site was listed in 1982.
The Ramsar site is a large bay located 60 kilometres south east of Melbourne.
The site consists of shallow intertidal mudflats, seagrass and fringing saltmarsh and mangrove habitats which support a large number of migratory shorebirds and other waterbirds, fish and marine invertebrates. One of the largest breeding populations of Pied Oystercatchers (Haematopus longirostris) is found on French Island.
Due to its marine nature, the site provides habitat year round and is an area of refuge for waterbirds during summer and drought. The site is listed is part of the Western Port Biosphere Reserve.
The Ramsar site consists of conservation reserves managed by Parks Victoria, other public reserves and waters within Western Port which are managed by DEPI.
The Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority is responsible for catchment and waterway management in the region.
Ramsar site documents
The Western Port Ramsar Site Ecological Character Description and Western Port Ramsar Information Sheet can be found by visiting the Australian Ramsar Wetlands page on the Australian Government Department of the Environment website.
Image: Mangroves, Western Port (2008), Source: Rebecca Keating, DEPI