Rainbow at Flinders Pier
WESTERNPORT Bay is on the National Estate Register. It is a Ramsar Wetland and as such is protected under the International Wetland Convention.
Westernport is a large, diverse marine and coastal ecosystem with no equal in south –eastern Australia…… The Bay maintains one of the major mangrove and saltmarsh communities in Victoria. Parts of these stands are unique in exhibiting natural coastal processes that are largely free of industrial, recreational, and urban influences.
The marine and intertidal waters of the bay support a rich marine invertebrate fauna. At least 1,350 species have been recoreded which is approximately three to four times greater than the number recorded in nearby Port Phillip Bay………………Westernport sustains important remnants of vegetation communities that have been extensively cleared on the Mornington Peninsula and within the Westernport Catchment.
Australian Geographic article on Seagrass in Westernport Bay
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