Jervis Bay is a large deep open embayment with a shoreline consisting predominantly of long sandy beaches and intervening rocky outcrops. Although at least ten creeks enter the Bay, only six are of any significance. The total catchment is very small (400 km²) when compared to the large water area (102 km²). Fluvial sediments are confined to the upper portions of the creeks, while marine sands dominate in the majority of habitats including the creek entrances, beaches and Subtidal areas.
Littoral and sub-littoral plant communities are found on the rim of shallowly sandy beaches and rocky foreshores, as well as in the shallow estuarine environment of the creeks. This paper deals with these plant communities, which are important as fish nursery and feeding areas. The principal plant communities to be considered here are the shallow rocky reef algae, seagrasses, mangroves and saltmarshes.
How to Cite:
West, R.J., 2010. Littoral and sub-littoral habitats of Jervis Bay.. Wetlands Australia, 6(2), pp.48–57. DOI: http://doi.org/10.31646/wa.105