Long Beach assessed for listing

RAMSAR: Ramsar protection for Long Beach will see increased management of the area.
RAMSAR: Ramsar protection for Long Beach will see increased management of the area.

The results of an assessment of Long Beach at Coffin Bay to see if it meets the criteria to be listed as a wetland of international importance will be released to interested parties in early 2018.

The Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources is undertaking the assessment using the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands’ nomination criteria and weighing the benefits and risks of a Ramsar listing before releasing the outcome of the initial assessment.

The Lower Eyre Peninsula District Council earlier this year supported an application to add the Coffin Bay National Park section of the beach to the Ramsar list of wetlands of international importance and confirmed its continuing support at the November meeting. 

A Ramsar listing for Long Beach would not stop public access to the beach but would increase the level of management on the beach.