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Within the Great Sandy Biosphere, between Fraser Island and the mainland of south-east Queensland, Australia, lies the Great Sandy Strait. These coastal sandy habitats support species such as resident and migratory turtles and shorebirds, dugongs, and humpback whales.
A little further south in the Great Sandy Marine Park, the endangered grey nurse shark can be found.
However, pressure from fishing, unsympathetic tourist activity and the degradation of coastal habitats is putting the species that rely on these ecosystems at risk. That’s why Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is working with the Burnett Mary Regional Group to ensure the area and its rich wildlife is well conserved.
With an amazing diversity of species found in the Great Sandy Strait, it is surprising to learn that there is still so much unknown. For example, seagrass beds have not been mapped in over a decade and we don’t fully understand the effects of climate change on many migratory marine species and aquatic habitats.
FFI Conservation Partnerships Manager in Australia