Inland Waters


The Northern Gulf region is comprised of the Mitchell, Gilbert, Staaten and Norman river catchments. These little known rivers systems are some of the cleanest, unregulated rivers left in the world. The length of waterways in the Northern Gulf region is enormous, there is over 15,425 km of major stream length in the Mitchell Catchment alone, and this catchment only represents approximately 36% of the rivers across the region.

Our vision for the inland waters of the Northern Gulf region is that they are protected and maintained, through enhancing riparian zones and water quality, stabilising erosion and reducing sediment and nutrient loads. If managed properly, healthy inland waters will maintain environmental, economic, cultural and recreational values without compromising the aquatic biodiversity that these freshwater systems also support.

While the strategies, actions and targets for Inland waters have been integrated into the three other sections, we have conducted a full regional assessment of our freshwater systems, including a catchment by catchment assessment, which you can read here.

Furthermore, a full list of research priorities was identified through this assessment, which would provide essential knowledge and data to underpin emerging and existing NRM priorities.