|Ocean opening||Dual permanently open (natural & artificial -Dawesville Cut ,1994)|
|Estuary surface area||134 km²|
|Catchment area||9556 km²|
|Catchment: estuary ratio||71|
|Mean annual rainfall||850 mm/yr|
|Mean annual discharge||398 GL/year (1997-2007)|
|Population growth rate||3.4% pa|
|People per estuary area||746|
|Commercial fishing||11 licences|
|Recreation/tourism||Fishing, boating, crabbing, dolphin and bird watching|
The Peel Region is known for its natural beauty and opportunities for waterside living. The Ramsar-listed Peel-Harvey estuary is the largest and most diverse estuarine complex in south-western Australia. It is a key destination for tourism and recreation, particularly popular for boating, fishing and crabbing.
The Peel-Harvey estuary suffered ecological collapse in the 1970s-80s due to nutrient enrichment. This resulted in the engineering solution of the Dawesville Cut in 1994, constructed at a cost of $76 million. Unfortunately the estuary is again suffering from pressures that threaten the natural values and lifestyle of the region.
For the Peel-Harvey estuary, Healthy Estuaries WA will:
- Fund the Peel-Harvey Catchment Council for joint delivery of on-ground actions resulting in evidence-based long term management strategies for the Peel-Harvey estuary and catchment
- In partnership with the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development , the Peel-Harvey Catchment Council and farmers, reduce the nutrient runoff from farms while supporting farm productivity
- Work with catchment groups to restore stream function to improve water quality at priority sites
- Trial new materials to treat soil, water and drains.