A Report to the National Oceans Office on the Development of a National Benthic Marine Bioregionalisation in support of Regional Marine Planning
Andrew D. Heap, Peter T. Harris, Alan Hinde, & Murray Woods
Geoscience Australia, GPO Box 378, Canberra, ACT 2601, Australia
Commonwealth of Australia 2005
ISBN 1 877043 60 5
About the report
The benthic (sea floor) component of the National Marine Bioregionalisation covers the 80% of Australia’s Exclusive Economic Zone that lies beyond the continental shelf break. It provides a description of patterns of biological distributions and physical habitats on the seafloor.
The Benthic Bioregionalisation Report is a technical document describing how the benthic bioregions were created. It includes descriptions of all the datasets used, details of each bioregion, and examples of how the physical data may be used to sub-divide the marine bioregions for management. An evaluation of the benthic bioregionalisation including strengths, weaknesses and future work is also contained in the report.
See also associated reports, maps and factsheets from the benthic bioregionalisation.