Jocks Lagoon

Jocks Lagoon is an 18-hectare (44-acre) freshwater coastal lagoon in north-eastern Tasmania, Australia. In 1982 it was designated a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention.[2]

Jocks Lagoon
Jocks Lagoon
Location in Tasmania
Coordinates41°20′24″S 148°18′00″E
Basin countriesAustralia
DesignationRamsar site
Max. length650 m (2,130 ft)
Max. width150 m (490 ft)
Surface area18 hectares (44 acres)
Max. depth2–3 m (6 ft 7 in–9 ft 10 in)
Designated16 November 1982
Reference no.258[1]


The lagoon is located approximately 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) south-east of the town of St Helens. It lies partly on private land and partly at the southern end of the St Helens Point conservation area. One of a chain of wetlands along St Helens Point, it is 200 to 300 metres (660 to 980 ft) inland from the coast, near a dunefield. About 650 metres (2,130 ft) long and 150 metres (490 ft) wide, it is dystrophic, with tannin-stained, low-nutrient, acidic waters. Water levels fluctuate with rainfall and reach a depth of 2 to 3 metres (6 ft 7 in to 9 ft 10 in).


While the northern half of the lagoon is mainly open water, the southern half is mostly covered with emergent rushes and sedges. Threatened plants recorded from the site, or suspected to be present, include jointed twigsedge, slender twigsedge, zigzag bogsedge, yellow onion orchid and erect marshflower.[3]

A total of 51 vascular plant species were recorded from the lagoon by a recent study. Of that total, half were species that grow in swamps or damp areas; vegetation common to dry areas, coastal woodland and Melaleuca forest made up the remainder of the list. The lagoon's aquatic flora is equally rich. Several rare species occur there.[3]

Ramsar criteria

Although Jocks Lagoon is listed as a Ramsar Site, it does not meet all four criteria that determine a site as a Ramsar Site. The lagoon does not meet criterion four, which states that a Ramsar Site is one that "supports species at critical stages or provides refuge in adverse conditions."[3]

See also


  1. "Jocks Lagoon". Ramsar Sites Information Service. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  2. "Jocks Lagoon". Ramsar Convention. 16 November 1982. Retrieved 12 August 2015.
  3. Newall, P. R.; Lloyd, L. N.; Atchison, E. E. (2011). Ecological Character Description for the Jocks Lagoon Ramsar Site (PDF). Lloyd Environmental Project Report LE0930. Canberra: Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, Australian Government.

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