The Ringarooma Ramsar Project will protect the ecological character of the Floodplain Lower Ringarooma River Ramsar site by improving and protecting the condition of the site’s floodplain wetlands and swamp forest (Melaleuca ericifolia).
Prioritised on-ground land management actions to be implemented throughout this project aim to improve the quality of surface water draining from dairy and grazing operations to the site, remove infestations of high-threat habitat-altering weeds from, and immediately adjacent to the site, and remove inappropriate vehicle access and tracks to the site.
The Floodplain Lower Ringarooma River wetlands were designated a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention in November 1982. It is a complex wetland, coastal and estuarine ecosystem, predominately owned by private landholders. The site includes the Boobyalla Inlet to the north and a mobile sand dune system and provides habitat for important and nationally-recognised threatened species.
Habitat transforming weeds, particularly gorse, willow, blackberry and boxthorn, are a major threat to the dune wetlands and native Melaleuca vegetation. Inappropriate land use in areas immediately adjacent to the wetland, such as stock and vehicle access, cause damage to the wetlands and Melaleuca vegetation, particularly at the margin, which may create long term impacts for the Ramsar site.
The quality and extent of estuarine and freshwater floodplain wetland native vegetation within the Ringarooma Ramsar site will measurably improve against baseline levels through:
Return to the Biodiversity Program.
Reducing threats to Hooded Plover breeding success in northern Tasmania.
Promoting the expansion and recover of Giant Freshwater Lobster.
Improving land management practices of communities and landholders to increase the vegetation and biodiversity of productive landscapes.