Port Hedland Saltworks

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2009

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
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

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

For more information about the IBA assessment process and criteria please click here

IBA Monitoring

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2008 low not assessed not assessed
Was the whole site covered? Yes State assessed by unset
Accuracy of information medium

Threats to the site (pressure)
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

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning Conservation Action Result
Not assessed Not assessed Not assessed not assessed
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IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial/Aquatic & Marine Other artificial wetlands -
Coastline Intertidal mud, sand & salt flats, Mangrove wetlands -
Marine Intertidal -
For further information about the habitat classification please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
energy production and mining -
For further information about the land use classification please click here.

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

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Port Hedland Saltworks. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 24/03/2023.