Environment Australia, 2003
About the Brochure
Australia's vast coastal waters and oceans contain some of the greatest arrays of marine biodiversity on Earth.
From the spectacular coral reefs and mangroves of the tropical north to the kelp forests of the temperate south, Australia's marine environments contain more than 4,000 fish species and tens of thousands of species of invertebrates, plants and micro organisms. It is likely 80 per cent of our southern marine species occur nowhere else in the world.
Australia is committed to the protection of marine biodiversity and has a global responsibility to protect, conserve and manage our extensive marine assets.