French Island Marine National Park
French Island Marine National Park is one of the three Marine National Parks in Western Port, a wetland listed in the Ramsar convention. Other agreements protect migratory species including CAMBA and JAMBA. The park contains a range of significant habitats including seagrass beds, deep channels, mangroves and intertidal mudflats. The mudflats are particularly important for the migratory waders for feeding.
The seagrass beds are nursery habitats for fish species including King George Whiting, Bream and Mullet.
Barrallier Island is a significant high tide roosting site and highly sensitive to disturbance.
King George Whiting, Australian Fur Seals, and Nudibranchs are just some of the diverse species to swim amongst the seagrass. The mudflats support a wide variety of benthic animals, such as worms and bivalves, which are vital for converting the detritus of the bay into food for birds and fishes.
These habitats are important feeding and roosting grounds for migratory wader bird species, and a total of 295 bird species have been recorded in Western Port, including Black Swans, Pied Oystercatchers and Royal Spoonbills.
Things To Do
Kayaking and Canoeing
Snorkeling and Diving
Wildlife and habitat
French Island Marine National Park is a unique ecosystem with a vast array of flora. The extensive seagrass beds, mangroves and saltmarsh communities are essential habitat for a range of animal species. French Island Marine National Park provides extensive, unique seagrass beds, mangroves and saltmarsh communities, critical habitat for many diverse species under the water and above.
This area is well known for its wildlife. Keep an eye out for:
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