Port Hedland Saltworks

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2009 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) Population estimate at site IBA criteria met
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper Calidris acuminata VU non-breeding 2002-2006 266-2,625 individuals A4i
Red-necked Stint Calidris ruficollis NT non-breeding 2002-2006 156-10,000 individuals A4i
Dusky Gerygone Gerygone tenebrosa LC resident 1998-2008 common A2

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2009).

IBA Conservation

IBA conservation assessment
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2008 not assessed low not assessed
Was the whole site assessed? State assessed by Accuracy of information
yes unset medium

Pressure (threats to the trigger species and/or their habitats)
Threat level 1 Threat level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Energy production and mining mining and quarrying happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) no or imperceptible deterioration low

Response (conservation actions taken for the trigger species and/or their habitats)
Protected-area designation Management planning Other conservation action Result
Not assessed Not assessed Not assessed not assessed
For more information about IBA conservation status, please click here


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial/Aquatic & Marine Other artificial wetlands -
Marine Intertidal -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
energy production and mining -

Land ownership
Crown Land under mining lease to Dampier Salt Limited (Rio Tinto Minerals); also some unallocated Crown Land.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Port Hedland Saltworks. Downloaded from https://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/port-hedland-saltworks-iba-australia on 01/03/2024.