This project aims to identify priority saltmarsh areas in the three local government areas of Gosford, Wyong and Lake Macquarie for protection, to undertake on-ground works and to raise community awareness about the importance of saltmarsh habitats.
What is Saltmarsh?
Saltmarsh is a community of low growing, salt tolerant plants found along the edges of coastal lagoons and estuaries. It consists of species such as Juncus krausii (Sea Rush), Samolus repens (Creeping Brookweed), Suaeda australis (Austral Seablite), Sarcocornia quinqueflora (Samphire), and Sporobolus virginicus (Saltwater Couch).
Endangered Ecological Community
Saltmarsh is listed as an Endangered Ecological Community (EEC) in NSW under the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 as it is facing a very high risk of extinction. It is estimated that local populations of Saltmarsh have declined by up to 80%.