Edgecumbe Bay, Declared Fish Habitat and Dugong Protection Area. On-farm management practice improvements and efforts to restore and maintain ecosystem health on Eden Lassie Creek have a direct benefit towards water quality improvements and habitat value of the receiving waters of Edgecumbe Bay
Summary of progress
The Eden Lassie Creek catchment is the northern most catchment management area of the Mackay Whitsunday region. The Eden Lassie catchment area drains into the Declared Fish Habitat and Dugong Protection Area of Edgecumbe Bay. The catchment is dominated by grazing with some horticulture production.
In 2007, the water quality and ecological health of Eden Lassie Creek catchment area was rated among the highest in the Mackay Whitsunday region, while the estuary condition was moderate. Between 2007 and 2013, there has been significant effort to improve agricultural management for water quality benefits. The progress to date is a good foundation from which to consolidate efforts to improve fish community and estuarine areas in the receiving waters of the High Ecological Value Edgecumbe Bay.
Grazing management practices that reduce particulate phosphorus loads will continue to be the priority for ongoing improvement in event water quality in Eden Lassie Creek catchment area. Management practices that reduce other nutrients and residual herbicides are a moderate priority.
System repair actions for instream habitat, riparian vegetation, barrier removal, mangroves and saltmarsh are the highest priority. A significant increase in investment towards active management and restoration of instream habitat and riparian vegetation is required to enable fish communities to gain maximum benefits from improved water quality.