The Barker Inlet
The Barker Inlet is an estuary, a semi-enclosed body of water where the sea begins to mix with urban land freshwater runoff.
Estuaries are a particularly sensitive and biologically rich part of marine and coastal environments. Due to this process tidal areas also act as filters and channels for the pollutants and nutrients that run off the land and into the marine environment.
Both the Barker Inlet and St Kilda wetlands have been identified as Wetlands of National Importance and encompass the coastal waters, fringing mangroves, tidal creeks and adjoining wetlands and salt fields from St Kilda to Outer Harbor.
These mosaic landscapes are known as the southern area of the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary and also home to the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary.