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.
The southwest community are invited to have their say about the Glenelg Hopkins CMA Hopkins and Merri Estuary Management Plan Reviews. For more information contact Melody Jane or Helen Arundel on 03 5571 2526.
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!
Help find Percy a home
The ‘Big Fish Hotel Project' has a new face for the campaign - Percy the Estuary Perch.
Litter Clean-up day for the Fitzroy River estuary
Glenelg Hopkins CMA and Conservation Volunteers Australia are hosting a Clean-up Australia Day activity at the beautiful Fitzroy estuary in Tyrendarra on Saturday March 4, starting at 10:00am.
Big Fish Hotels are hot property in Warrnambool
The ‘Big Fish Hotel Project' has received a massive boost thanks to the kind donations of two local businesses.
Nelson community cleans the Glenelg Estuary
Nelson Coastcare held their third Community litter clean-up day at the Glenelg estuary in Nelson.
Have your say about our estuaries
The southwest community are invited to have their say at the Hopkins & Merri Estuary Management Plan Review Workshop in Warrnambool.
New digs for Merri River fish
Fish in the Merri River are in for a treat, with six fish hotels set to be established in theMerri River estuary.
Planting Trees for Fish
Warrnambool Coastcare Landcare, Glenelg Hopkins CMA and DELWP's Arthur Rylah Institute are holding a "Planting Trees for Fish" Day on Saturday 2 July 2016 for the Merri estuary.
Nelson Coastcare Inc.
Nelson Coastcare Inc. has been in operation since the end of 2010. The reasons for this volunteer group being established came about for two basic reasons.
Angler Engagement Fish Field Days
Glenelg Hopkins CMA, in partnership with the Victorian Environmental Water Holder will be holding Glenelg River Angler and Community Fishing Days.
National Volunteer Week 9-15 May
Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority celebrates the valuable contribution volunteers make to create a better future for our regional community and natural environment.
Fitzroy River & Darlot Crk Waterway Action Plan
The Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority will be undertaking a Waterway Action Plan (WAP) in the Tyrendarra and Codrington region throughout March and April 2016.
Grants available to protect Vic Coasts
Community organisations have been called on from Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water The Hon Lisa Neville to apply for grants up to $7500 for projects that assist in protecting and enhancing the coastal and near-shore marine environment in the Barwon South West region.
CMA celebrates International Volunteers Day
On International Volunteer Day, Saturday 5 December, Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority celebrated the valuable contribution volunteers make to create a better future for our regional community and natural environment
Fishers for Fish Habitat Forum
The Arthur Rylah Institute, with project partners are hosting a Fishers for Fish Habitat Forum in Warrnambool on Saturday 26 September 2015.
Yambuk Litter Clean-up Day
Over 4 tonnes of rubbish were recently removed from the Yambuk Lake estuary during a 'Litter Clean-up Day" on Tuesday 17th March.