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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. 

Hopkins & Merri Estuary Review Information Sheet

Estuary facts and figures

Glenelg

Listed under the Heritage Rivers Act 1992 and is a nationally important wetland

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Catchment area: 11,998 km2

River length: 500 km

Estuary length: 70 km

 

Surry 

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Catchment area: 370 km2

River length: 50 km

Estuary length: 10 km

 

 

 

Fitzroy

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Catchment area: 1,520 km2

River length: 55 km

Estuary length: 13 km

 

 

Eumeralla/Yambuk Lake

Yambuk Lake is listed as a nationally important wetland

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Catchment area: 910 km2

River length: 90 km

Estuary length: 7.8 km

 

 

Moyne

Catchment area: 831 km2

River length: 47 km

Estuary length: 6 km

 

 

 

Merri, including Rutledges Cutting

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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

 

 

Hopkins

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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

 

16thNov

Coastal Connections November 2011

Good morning and welcome to the November installment of Glenelg Hopkins CMA's ‘Coastal Connections'.

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27thSep

Coastal Connections October 2011

The spring sunshine is out and the estuaries of southwest Victoria are looking fantastic!

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02ndMar

Help find Percy a home

The ‘Big Fish Hotel Project' has a new face for the campaign - Percy the Estuary Perch.

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28thFeb

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.

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22ndFeb

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.

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17thFeb

Nelson community cleans the Glenelg Estuary

Nelson Coastcare held their third Community litter clean-up day at the Glenelg estuary in Nelson.

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23rdNov

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.

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26thOct

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.

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22ndJun

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.

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15thJun

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.

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12thMay

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.

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11thMay

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.

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02ndMar

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.

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02ndMar

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.

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11thDec

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

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11thSep

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.

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11thMay

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.

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