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General Site Information
Site Number 099.17
Data Date 8/05/2001
Site Name Bonaparte Archipelago - Uwins Island
Other Names Bonaparte Archipelago, Hanover Bay, Munster Water
Location Description
The island is located to the east of Hanover Bay and west of Munster Water in the Bonaparte Archipelago.
Crown Reserve 23079 - Benefit of Aborigines (Kunmunya)
Latitude 15 15 S
Longitude 124 50 E
Location Block 15 14-15 19: 124 47-124 52
Mangal Area (ha) 28
Total Area (ha) 65
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Above RNE Threshold Yes
Current RNE Status None
Sub Regional Information
Geological Setting
Kimberley Basin (Precambrian)
Coastal Types
Ria/Archipelago Coast
Habitat Assemblages
Sandy Tidal Flat
Mangrove Associations
Cultural Association
Vegetation Communities Description
Mangrove low closed forests of Avicennia marina and Ceriops tagal (Burbidge & McKenzie eds., 1978).
Mangrove birds have been recorded for the site by Johnstone (1990). Mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles for the island have been recorded by Burbidge & McKenzie eds. (1978).
Description (other attributes)
Condition & Integrity
The Marine Parks & Reserves Selection Working Group (1994), recommends this site (along with 99.14 to 99.18 and 100.1 to 101.3) to be designated as a Marine National Park, except there is currently no such category therefore it would be catagorised as a Marine Park.
Johnstone, (1990)
Burbidge & McKenzie eds., (1978)
The Marine Parks & Reserves Selection Working Group, (1994)

Criteria for the Register of the National Estate
A:1 Importance in the evolution of Australian flora, fauna, landscapes or climate. Unknown
A:2 Importance in maintaining existing processes or natural systems at the regional or national scale. Unknown
A:3 Importance in exhibiting unusual richness or diversity of flora, fauna, landscapes or cultural features. Unknown
A:4 Importance for association with events, development of cultural phases which have had a significant role in the human occupation and evolution of the nation, state, region or community. Unlikely
B:1 Importance for rare, endangered or uncommon flora, fauna, communities, ecosystems, natural landscapes or phenomena, or as a wilderness. Applicable
Two mammal species Little Rock Wallaby (Peradorcas concinna) and Warabi (Petrogale burbidgei) little known on the mainland are prensent on the island (Burbidge & McKenzie eds., 1978).
B:2 Importance in demonstrating a distintive way of life, custom, process, land-use, function or design no longer practised, in danger of being lost, or of exceptional interest.  Unknown
C:1 Importance of information contributing to a wider understanding of Australian natural history, by virtue of its use as a research site, teaching site, type locality, reference or benchmark site. Unknown
C:2 Importance for information contributing to a wider understanding of the history of human occupation of Australia. Unlikely
D:1 Importance in demonstrating the principle characteristics of the range of landscapes, environments or ecosystems, the attributes of which identify them as being characteristic of their class. Unlikely
D:2 Importance in demonstrating the principle characteristics of the range of human activities in the Australian environment (including way of life, custom, process, land-use, function, design or technique). Unknown
E:1 Importance for a community for aesthetic characteristics held in high esteem or otherwise valued by the community. Unknown
F:1 Importance for its technical, creative, design or artistic excellence, innovation or achievement. Not Applicable
G:1 Importance as a place highly valued by a community for reasons or religious, spiritual, symbolic, cultural, educational, or social associations. Unknown
H:1 Importance for close associations with individuals whose activities have been significant within the history of the nation, state or region. Unlikely
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