OUR Great Sandy Strait was celebrated on World Wetlands Day in Hervey Bay on Sunday.
Environmental enthusiasts gathered at the Fraser Coast Discovery Sphere, where the day's theme was What Would we do Without our Wetlands?
The family friendly day out was a Fraser Coast Opportunities and Burnett Mary Regional Group collaboration.
Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said the Fraser Coast was a precious and special place.
"We need to preserve the environment but allow for growth," Cr O'Connell said.
FCO general manager David Spear said local iconic species, such as dugongs, marine turtles and even humpback whales, relied on the Great Sandy Strait for their survival.