Estuaries are where rivers meet the sea; a mixing place of seawater and freshwater that flows from the catchment.
They are dynamic, ever changing environments that are not quite fresh and not quite marine providing important habitat and areas of social, cultural and economic significance.
There are eight estuaries within the Glenelg Hopkins region. Six of these estuaries are seasonally closed, while two, the Moyne estuary and the Fawthrop Lagoon, are maintained permanently open through engineering works.
Estuary facts and figures
Listed under the Heritage Rivers Act 1992 and is a nationally important wetland
Catchment area: 11,998 km2
River length: 500 km
Estuary length: 70 km
Catchment area: 370 km2
River length: 50 km
Estuary length: 10 km
Catchment area: 1,520 km2
River length: 55 km
Estuary length: 13 km
Yambuk Lake is listed as a nationally important wetland
Catchment area: 910 km2
River length: 90 km
Estuary length: 7.8 km
Catchment area: 831 km2
River length: 47 km
Estuary length: 6 km
Merri, including Rutledges Cutting
Lower Merri River Wetlands, including Kellys and Saltwater Swamps, is listed as a nationally important wetland.
Catchment area: 1,000 km2
River length: 96 km
Estuary length (combined): 4.25 km
Catchment area: 10,096 km2
River length: 259 km
Estuary length: 9.5 km
Fawthrop Lagoon (Portland area)
Catchment area: 342 km2
River length: 18 km
Estuary length: 9 km
Coastal Connections November 2011
Good morning and welcome to the November installment of Glenelg Hopkins CMA's ‘Coastal Connections'.
Coastal Connections October 2011
The spring sunshine is out and the estuaries of southwest Victoria are looking fantastic!