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Note: This project was finalised in March 2006 and is updated with new reports as they become available.

Background to Study

Australia's governments are working together to set up a national system of protected areas throughout Australia's entire marine zone. This National Representative System of Marine Protected Areas aims to establish and manage a comprehensive, adequate and representative system of marine protected areas to contribute to the long-term ecological viability of marine and estuarine systems, to maintain ecological processes and systems, and to protect Australia's biological diversity at all levels.

The Australian Government Department of the Environment and Heritage is developing the National Representative System of Marine Protected Areas as part of the Regional Marine Planning Process being led by the National Oceans Office. The National Oceans Office has released a Regional Marine Plan for the South-east of Australia and is currently developing Regional Marine Plans for the North and South-west of Australia.

The Australian Government Department of the Environment and Heritage is looking at potentially important areas outside of the Regional Marine Planning Process. The Norfolk Island Seamounts has been identified as a potentially important area and it was decided to undertake the Norfolk Seamount Conservation Assessment immediately.

The Government has identified the Norfolk Seamounts Area as: "Large seamounts, including one 50km long, rising from 3000m to 700m below sea level. Expected to support a high diversity of endemic fauna".

Further information:

Previous conservation values assessments completed by CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research for the Australian Government Department of the Environment and Heritage:

Butler A., F. Althaus, D. Furlani, K. Ridgway. (2002a) Assessment of the conservation values of the Bonney upwelling area - A component of the Commonwealth Marine Conservation Assessment Program 2002-2004. Report to Environment Australia.

Butler A., F. Althaus, D. Furlani, K. Ridgway. (2002b) Assessment of the conservation values of the Bass Strait sponge beds - A component of the Commonwealth Marine Conservation Assessment Program 2002-2004. Report to Environment Australia.

Other relevant studies/websites:

Updated: 18/04/11

 

 

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