Tin Can Inlet Rehabilitation

Stage 1

The problem

Underwater research conducted by Cooloola Coastcare in 2017 -18 and 19 indicates that Tin Can Inlet is at crisis point for biodiversity loss and sediment impact. Evidence shows that the block and tackle moorings and sediment runoff are contributing factors. Without a concerted effort on multiple fronts including mooring replacement with seagrass friendly alternatives and weed and erosion control on the foreshore, Tin Can Inlet risks habitat collapse which will further impact the ecosystem and the tourism and fishing industries that rely on the Inlet . This could impact land values in the future and affects quality of life of the residents and enjoyment of the area by visitors.

What can Cooloola Coastcare do?

The overall aim is to engage the stakeholders and government organisations with jurisdiction over Tin Can Inlet, the moorings and the surrounding areas to develop a 3 - 5 year plan to rehabilitate Tin Can Inlet to a healthy ecosystem with thriving marine life and a healthy natural foreshore for the enjoyment of local residents and visitors as well as the sustainable use by commercial entities that make their living in the area. Through 'Collective Impact' we can all work towards a future in which Tin Can Inlet is a healthy, thriving ecosystem capable of sustainable use for pleasure and commerce.

Part of a bigger picture

Sustainable Development Goal 14 of the United Nations aims to “conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development”. Achieving this goal will require rebuilding the marine life-support systems that deliver the many benefits that society receives from a healthy ocean.

Some species of marine turtle and all dugongs depend on seagrass for food. Many marine creatures that don't eat seagrass depend on the habitat it creates for their food.

How can you help?

Join Cooloola Coastcare and volunteer.

Actively participate in community forums and consultation processes.

Become a Citizen Scientist and help us with Water Quality Monitoring through WaterWatch.

Contact us with info about your organisation, it's role in the use or protection of Tin Can Inlet and join us in our mission to improve this ecosystem.

Donate to our work, sponsor us or help us seek grant funding.

Send us photos of Tin Can Inlet in the past that show seagrass, mangroves, the history of the Inlet and the nature that lives there.

Adapt your practices to be more sustainable.

Become part of the solution.

More Information...

Species identified in the 2018 - 2019 Research Dives

Ascidians (10 species)

(Sea squirts)



(Crabs, lobsters, crayfish, shrimps, prawns and barnacles)


(Starfish, brittle stars, sea cucumbers, sea urchins, sand dollars, and crinoids)

Marine Turtles


Sand dwellers

Sea Snake


Structure Dwellers

Target fishing species

Related Research

Cooloola Sediment Investigation

Diving creeks to discover sources of sediment in Tin Can Inlet

Funded by Gympie Regional Council

Environment Levy

Completed June 2019

Moorings Investigation

Diving Tin Can Inlet moorings to discover sources of sediment in Tin Can Inlet

Funded by Gympie Regional Council

Environment Levy

Completed June 2019

Sponsors and partners

Project supported by the

Environment Levy Grant

Contact the Coordinator@cooloolacoastcare.org.au Telephone: 0478 039 322 at Cooloola Coastcare to get involved.